Petersen Aluminum Corp. supplied approximately 14,000 square feet of the metal products company’s Tite-Loc Plus aluminum panels to a fire and rescue facility in Cape Canaveral, Florida, that was in need of energy-efficiency improvements and updates. 

The new 10,800-square-foot fire station replaces the previous station that was built in 1962 by volunteers and features three vehicle bays, a bunk room, kitchen, office space and an exercise room.

“It’s like day and night compared to the old station,” Fire Chief David Sargeant said. “Now, when the sirens go off, the lights come on to wake the crew and the bay doors open up, so we have a quicker response time out of the building. Plus, the station is extremely energy efficient, and you won’t find a better looking building in the city.”

After demolishing the old facility, Rockledge, Florida-based general contractor W&J Construction made way for the new building, which was designed to withstand 160 mph winds and a salty air environment thanks to features like masonry, cold-formed steel framing/trusses and a steel deck roof with Petersen’s Pac-Clad panels.

Petersen’s Tite-Loc Plus aluminum panels were manufactured at the company’s Acworth, Georgia, plant and were installed by Sanford, Florida-based Quality Metals.

Dave Landis, Petersen’s architectural and technical sales manager, said panel testing for the high wind uplifts was a main factor in the selection of Petersen for the job.

“We used Miami-Dade NOA engineering information to show the architect that the aluminum panels would significantly exceed the wind load requirements for the job,” Landis said.

Petersen’s aluminum panels come in 37 finishes — such as Arcadia Green, which was used on the fire and rescue facility — with most colors meeting green building, Energy Star and Cool Roof Rating Council certification requirements.