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Memphis, Tenn.-based Varco Pruden Buildings' pre-fabricated metal building system was used to construct the Health Education Center at Marion High School, Marion, Ill.

Memphis, Tenn.-based Varco Pruden Buildings' pre-fabricated metal building system was used to construct the Health Education Center at Marion High School, Marion, Ill. The 65,000-square-foot facility, completed in January 2015, was built in the northeast quadrant of the high school's campus and will connect to a new classroom wing surrounding an existing gymnasium. It contains three full-size basketball courts, a tennis court, batting cages and a running track. The center is the second phase of a six-phase project of additions and renovations at the high school.

Bossier City, La.-based McElroy Metal's Maxima roof system with 24-gauge, 18-inch-wide Maxima ADV Panel profile was installed on approximately 60,000 square feet of surface area. Approximately 17,000 square feet of McElroy Metal's 22-gauge, 10-foot, 3-inch flashing and flat sheet lengths and square cut metal panels were utilized.

Superior Metal Products LLC, Birmingham, Ala., supplied approximately 3,600 square feet of metal for a protective canopy cover. Ohio Gratings Inc., Canton, Ohio, and Frontier Steel Co. Inc., Pittsburgh, supplied 2-inch Mill LiTE 1-Bar Aluminum Swaged Grating with welded anchor blocks for a metal grating sunshade. Moon River Sign Co., St. Louis, the signage subcontractor for the project, created 2-inch-deep fabricated aluminum lettering with perimeter-lined white lighting and a 4-inchdeep fabricated aluminum letter M.

The Health Education Center has locker rooms on the first floor, a 3,500-square-foot wellness center in the southwest corner and a mezzanine area above the locker rooms with a cardio room, weight room, multipurpose room and storage. The west side of the building opens to the football field. East of the fitness rooms are large, glass walls overlooking the courts and track on the lower level.

Design Architects Inc., Marion, was the architecture firm; Poettker Construction, Breese, Ill., was the general contractor; and Ross Construction, Marion, was the construction manager. Heartland Mechanical Contractors, Murphysboro, Ill., was the mechanical contractor; Southern Illinois Piping Co., Carbondale, Ill., was the plumbing contractor; and Burke Electric, Murphysboro, was the electrical contractor.

Frontier Steel Co. Inc., www.samuel.com

McElroy Metal, www.mcelroymetal.com

Ohio Gratings Inc., www.ohiogratings.com

Superior Metal Products LLC, www.superiormetalproducts.com

Varco Pruden Buildings, www.vp.com