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The new 128,000-square-foot Jekyll Island Convention Center in Jekyll Island, Ga., is the only beachfront meeting facility of its kind on the east coast south of New Jersey.

The new 128,000-square-foot Jekyll Island Convention Center in Jekyll Island, Ga., is the only beachfront meeting facility of its kind on the east coast south of New Jersey. Located among the sand dunes, the center has 78,000 square feet of meeting space and an adjacent beachfront park provides public space and amenities for convention-goers and local residents alike.

Petersen Aluminum Corp., Elk Grove Village, Ill., supplied approximately 70,000 square feet of its PAC-CLAD 0.04-inch aluminum Tite-Loc Plus and Snap-Clad panels in State Gray, along with 10,000 square feet of PAC-850 Soffit Panels in Bone White. In addition to the convention center, PACCLAD was used to roof seven activity buildings and pavilions throughout the seaside park.

Designed by Helman Hurley Charvat Peacock/ Architects Inc., Maitland, Fla., the metal roof panels interface with stucco-finished masonry and historic tabby stone cement material that incorporates shells taken from the Jekyll Island beaches. The tabby stone was formed into pre-cast panels that were installed around the bases of columns and the wainscoat of the building.

"We needed a durable palette of materials because of the coastal environment," according to Mike Chatham, president of Helman Hurley Charvat Peacock/Architects. "We initially considered a steel roof but couldn't get an adequate warranty. We quickly moved to aluminum and contacted Petersen and they had a solution for all of the challenges we were running into. Our engineers determined the structural wind loading requirements and the Petersen folks came back with an answer to every wind condition we had. It was awesome."

Another issue with the roof was the budget. "We bid it out," Chatham said. "It wasn't a solesource job. Petersen was the only company that was competitive."

Delphini Construction, Altamonte Springs, Fla., installed the PAC-CLAD material.

Petersen Aluminum Corp., www.pac-clad.com