Metal wall panels offer durability for YMCA
Metal wall panels from Bossier City, Louisiana-based McElroy Metal provided an updated look to the Pickens County YMCA in Easley, South Carolina. The YMCA is adjacent to a church, which also features metal wall panels from McElroy Metal, allowing the two buildings to complement each other.
“We wanted to keep the same vocabulary with the other buildings on campus, but make it a little different,” said Gable Stubbs, an associate with McMillan, Pazdan, Smith Architects of Greenville, South Carolina. “Doing this contributes to the overall campus approach of the project while maintaining individual identity and the brand of each entity.”
McElroy Metal produced and provided 5,400 square feet of 24-gauge Mega-Rib panels in a Texas silver metallic finish with metered corners and 17,500 square feet of 24-gauge Multi-Cor 7/8-inch corrugated panels in ash gray and charcoal for most of the exterior. The company also provided 3,500 square feet of 22-gauge Marquee-Lok flush wall panels and 1,500 square feet of 24-gauge Marquee-Lok soffit, both vented and non-vented. The panels were installed horizontally as opposed to vertically and are 100 percent recyclable.
“We find that metal wall panels offer a wide range of options with color, texture and orientation that gives us endless design opportunities while providing a durable and sustainable wall system at a very budget-friendly price point,” Stubbs said.
Roebock Building Co., based in Roebuck, South Carolina, installed the panels. The company had the challenge of combining the new wall panels with the pre-engineered metal building, such as the trapezoidal roof and the blue, aluminum composite material band on the lower half of the building. The company was able to use McElroy Metal’s trim packages to tie into and between the upper Mega-Rib panels and lower Multi-Cor panels.
“The biggest challenge was designing all the details and the trim for the different profiles,” said Buddy Corn, project manager at Roebuck. “The design featured all sorts of inset windows, storefront entrances, (aluminum composite material) bands and sun shades, and they all required different details. There were three or four different profiles and colors, a corrugated panel and Mega-Rib. … McElroy was able to walk us through the design and the details.”