East Grand Rapids Community Center

Petersen Aluminum

The 58,000 sq. ft. expansion of the East Grand Rapids (MI) Community Center involved the complete reconstruction of the existing city hall and library facilities. Two buildings were combined into one large picturesque facility located on scenic Reeds Lake.

The $9.4 million, LEED Certified facility received the 2007 Outstanding Facility Design Award from the Michigan Recreation & Park Association.

Approximately 8,000 sq. ft. of Petersen Aluminum’s Tite-Loc Plus Panels finished in Zinc and Terra Cotta were utilized. Photovoltaics were installed on the roof after construction was complete.

Design for the project was provided by Cox Medendorp Olson Architects, Grand Rapids. “It was determined early on to go with a standing seam roof because of the need for low maintenance and the desire to blend with metal wall components,” said Bill Rapson, LEED coordinator on the project. “We took the compound slope out of the existing roof and designed a single slope mansard that creates a nice, cohesive look for the complex. The city fathers are really happy with the outcome. In fact, the center has become somewhat of a gathering place for the community.”

The PAC-CLAD panels were installed by Metal Tech Building Specialties, Inc., Grand Rapids. The general contractor on the project was Triangle Associates, Inc., Grand Rapids.

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 35-year finish warranty. Most colors meet LEED 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 Washington. 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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