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Metal panels wrap education facility

Photo: Robert Oswald, Oswald Design Studio
Photo: Robert Oswald, Oswald Design Studio

Stevens & Wilkinson SC Inc. specified metal wall panels for an expansion and renovation project at Chapin High School, Chapin, S.C., to contrast with the existing brick and designate focal points. The areas encased in metal panels were designed to break the existing roof line and add volumetric spaces. The concealed fastener panels start at the front door and continue at major entrances and room projections. The adjacent interior spaces are filled with natural light from clerestory windows and glass curtainwalls.

Metal panels were specified to modulate and texture a long façade on multiple sides of a new multistory classroom wing. Metal panel portions designated science labs in the classroom layout.

Morin Corp., a Kingspan Group company, supplied 30,000 square feet of its 22-gauge, hot-dipped Galvalume F-12-0 and AA-12-0 concealed fastener metal wall panels in Regal White with Valspar Corp.'s Fluoropolymer coating system. Perforated metal panels were installed in the interior of the gymnasium and commons areas for acoustics.

Stevens & Wilkinson SC designed the high school to have better routing and crossroads of interaction, including feature stairways and lobbies. Natural light and special volumes emphasize these areas. A three-story, open atrium commons area serves as a student entry during the school year, and a lobby space during athletic and arts events. The commons areas provide handicap-accessible circulation to all five levels of the existing campus.

Due to site restrictions, a three-story structure was fitted between the existing school and the football stadium on a sloping site. A new two-story academic building houses 35 instructional spaces and includes seven science labs, while a new arena-style gymnasium with a stage functions as an athletic facility and performance space.

Completed in December 2014, the project includes 195,000 square feet of new construction and 175,000 square feet of renovated space. It includes more than 40 new classrooms, new practice fields, a field house, softball field, tennis courts and additional parking space. Enrollment capacity has increased from 1,200 students to 1,700 students.

Architect: Stevens & Wilkinson SC Inc., Columbia, S.C.

General contractor: China Construction America Inc., Columbia

Distributor: Architectural Products Specialist Inc., Loganville, Ga.

Installer: CR Installations Inc., Denver, N.C.

Metal wall panels: Morin Corp., a Kingspan Group company, Bristol, Conn., www.morincorp.com