Gilroy Police Station

McElroy Metal

When the building team set out to plan a new police facility in Gilroy, CA, the original design called for a concrete tile mansard to match the existing roofs in the neighboring Gilroy civic center. Upon finding that the project was over budget, one of the cost-cutting measures adopted by the architect was to replace the concrete tile with a Met-Tile metal “tile panel” facsimile system from McElroy Metal Inc.

According to Frank Cuomo, senior project architect at WLC Architects (Rancho Cucamonga, CA), “Met-Tile gave us the look we wanted but at a much lower cost, and its reduced weight also lightened the structure so that we could value-engineer the building’s steel frame to accommodate lighter loads. We were able to save around $150,000 in structural and roof system costs without compromising aesthetics.”

Though it closely resembles tile, the Met-Tile system actually consists of long-length, 26-gauge zinc-aluminum coated steel panels that weigh about 125 lb. per square or 1.25 lb. per square foot – much lighter than traditional roofing tiles. Due to its light weight, it may be used for new construction or re-roofing on all types of projects, including those that can’t bear the weight of tile.

Most of the Met-Tile panels were used to create a decorative mansard that shields the rooftop mechanical equipment from view. The mansard panels were fastened to a corrugated metal deck above steel framing. Met-Tile also functions as a roof over two gable areas above the main entries on the east and west sides of the building. The gable roof panels were installed over a plywood deck and waterproofing membrane.

The project used a total of 15,000 sq. ft. of Met-Tile panels in a Mission Clay color. The coating, an SMP paint finish, meets ENERGY STAR® requirements for solar reflectivity. Panels ranged from 4 ft. (for the mansard) up to 31-ft. custom lengths for the roofing sections.

General contractor for the project was S.J. Amoroso Construction Co., Inc., Redwood Shores, CA. Metal roofing installer was Facility Systems, Inc., San Jose, CA; and the Met-Tile dealer was Blackwood Associates, Inc., Fairfield, CA. The 120,000 sq. ft. facility was completed in January 2007 at a total cost of $33 million.

Gilroy Police Station photographs by Fred Daly

About McElroy Metal

McElroy Metal logoSince 1963, McElroy Metal has served the construction industry with quality products and excellent customer service. The employee-owned components manufacturer is headquartered in Bossier City, La., and has 14 manufacturing facilities across the United States. Quality, service and performance have been the cornerstone of McElroy Metal’s business philosophy and have contributed to the success of the company through the years. As a preferred service provider, these values will continue to be at the forefront of McElroy Metal’s model along with a strong focus on the customer. More information can be found at

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