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Multiple metal buildings form church

Lance Black, AIA, NCARB, of Black Design Architecture, the architecture firm for First Presbyterian Church in Opelika, Ala., says a pre-engineered metal building (PEMB) supplied by Oakland Metal Buildings Inc., cost less than conventional steel and didn't modify the traditional forms and proportions needed for the building.

Lance Black, AIA, NCARB, of Black Design Architecture, the architecture firm for First Presbyterian Church in Opelika, Ala., says a pre-engineered metal building (PEMB) supplied by Oakland Metal Buildings Inc., cost less than conventional steel and didn't modify the traditional forms and proportions needed for the building. "The project consisted of several metal buildings put together to form traditional roof lines and forms to blend into the historic neighborhood," he says. "Much coordination was needed between the PEMB structure and conventional framing of windows and roof cornice details."

The church, completed in July 2013, has a primary frame constructed with rigid frames and end-wall frames. Additionally, the 15,000-square-foot project utilized wall girts, roof purlins, eave struts, door jambs, headers, roof and wall sheeting, connection plates, angles, trim, cables, sealant, accessories and fasteners.

Architect: Black Design Architecture, Birmingham, Ala.

General contractor: Maxus Construction Co., Pelham, Ala.

Pre-engineered metal building: Oakland Metal Buildings Inc., Florence, Ala., www.oaklandmetal.com