Northwest Arkansas Community College

Petersen Aluminum

Although less than 15 years old, an architectural shingle roof was leaking badly at Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville, AR. “We get lots of wind in the area and every time a storm would come through, we would lose shingles,” said Jim Lay, construction manager for the college. “So in our master plan, we decided to use metal on all future roof installations.”

Approximately 100,000 sq. ft. of PAC-CLAD Snap-Clad Panels by Petersen Aluminum were used in the major tear-off and re-roof project. The 24 gauge, 18”-wide panels were finished in a Forest Green color.

Project design for the 189,000 sq. ft. building was provided by MAHG Architecture, Inc., Fort Smith, AR. According to partner Galen Hunter, “The school saw this as an opportunity to resolve the leakage problem and bring the building into conformance with the master plan. The re-roof was done in sections while classes were in session and the whole process went smoothly. We’ve spent a lot of time researching roofs and we’re very confident with the Petersen system.”

Installation of the roof was done by Harness Roofing, Inc., Springdale, AR. “The school originally wanted a metal roof when the building was constructed 15 years ago but opted for a less expensive shingle roof that failed,” said James Russell, project manager. “The building had been well maintained and adding the metal roof made it look like new. The only challenge was working around the students. We had to keep moving safety fences and equipment. And, of course, we had to remain covered-up and water tight at all times. But the building really got a modern facelift and looks great.”

About Petersen

Petersen Aluminum logoPetersen, a Carlisle company, manufactures PAC-CLAD architectural metal cladding systems in multiple gauges of steel and aluminum. PAC-CLAD products include hidden- and exposed-fastener wall panels, standing seam roof panels, flush- and reveal-joint wall panels, vented or solid soffit panels, perforated metal, coil and flat sheet, composite panels, column covers, plus fascia and coping. All are available in a Kynar-based 70% PVDF Fluropon coating in 46 standard colors and 16 wood grain finishes that include a 30-year finish warranty. Most colors meet LEED and Energy Star requirements, and are rated by the Cool Roof Rating Council. Custom colors and weathertightness warranties are offered. BIM and CAD documents are available for most products. Founded in 1965, Petersen’s facilities are located in Illinois, Georgia, Texas, Maryland, Arizona and Minnesota.

For information on the complete line of Petersen's PAC-CLAD metal products, call 800-PAC-CLAD, visit or write to

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