Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation, a premier nationwide provider of metal panels for the building and construction industry, covered the new Lafayette Library and Learning Center in Lafayette, CA with 31,000 square feet of vibrant and durable roofing panels. The Vertical Seam 24 gauge panels, coated in a cool Mistique Plus color, provide a complementary design aesthetic as well as sustainable functionality.
The Lafayette Library and Learning Center is a state-of-the-art facility designed to be highly eco-friendly. Some of its most notable green features include a photovoltaic (solar) panel system, very-low ozone depletion refrigerants, vertical fin walls to minimize solar heat gain, aluminum sunshades, large clear coated glass windows and skylights to reduce the need for artificial lighting. Metal Sales' green contribution comes in the form of longevity and lower cooling costs, due to the panels' durable and recyclable make-up, and the roof's ability to reflect heat. Its PVDF (Kynar 500®) Mistique Plus coating has an impressive solar reflectance of .34 and a thermal emittance of .82, indicating significant energy savings.
“Our sustainable product line is catching a lot of attention,” says Byron Smith, Vice President - West Region for Metal Sales. “We are helping project teams to build greener facilities with a wide selection of great-looking coatings to choose from. The Lafayette Library is a fine example of the level of beauty that durable products can achieve.”
The new 30,000-plus square foot library is the largest and most complex public or private project in Lafayette’s history. It features a café, a bookstore, a living media wall, a public art gallery, a separate Children’s Area and Technology Lab. It is within walking distance of schools, senior housing, and several of the community’s neighborhoods. Truly a civic center, the facility serves as a modern and elegant showpiece for the city’s downtown, and is made complete with a stylish Metal Sales roof.
“We chose the roofing product because it has a rich look, yet it is affordable,” says Barbara Flammang, Principal at Killefer Flammang Architects, and lead architect of the project. “We have used these panels on other applications, and are always very pleased with the way they provide a permanent, but aesthetically light, quality to the finished building.”
Metal Sales Vertical Seam is a standing seam roof panel with a concealed clip designed for thermal movement. It is a snap-together panel system with a factory-applied sealant, and can be applied over open framing or a solid substrate. Installation of the Vertical Seam panels on the Lafayette Library and Learning Center went very smoothly, owing in part to a positive customer service experience.
“Metal Sales was very helpful throughout the installation process,” explains Flammang. “They have always been great in terms of providing product details, color samples and recommendations for underlayment. We are very happy with the end result, and so are the facility owners.”
Construction on the Lafayette Library and Learning Center was completed in November 2009. The project team consisted of Killefer Flammang Architects, Santa Monica, CA, and installer PetersenDean, Newark, CA.