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North Georgia Healthcare Center in Ringgold, Ga.

The North Georgia Healthcare Center in Ringgold, Ga., is a federally funded general health care center offering medical services to residents of North Georgia and surrounding areas seven days a week with extended hours. The facility provides non-emergency care and features several examination rooms, offices for medical staff, physical therapy rooms and an indoor pool for aquatics courses and physical therapy. The center also provides health care services for the elderly on weekends and after hours. Built in October 2010, the facility is located in Ringgold, where a tornado with winds of up to 175 mph nearly wiped the entire town off the map on April 27, 2011. The town suffered seven casualties and lost many homes, several fast-food restaurants, two filling stations, a Waffle House and several motels.

The North Georgia Healthcare Center was just one of hundreds of Ringgold buildings in the direct path of the tornado. Ringold-based architects Killian Clark had designed the building several months before specifying a brick building with an Englert Series 2000 standing seam metal roof from Perth Amboy, N.J.-based Englert Inc., rated to meet Miami-Dade Building Codes for wind uplift. Dallas Metal Products, Dallas, Ga., installed 18,422 square feet of Pacific Blue standing seam panels.

When the tornado passed, the center remained intact, losing two standing seam panels punctured by flying 2 by 4s. A dormer atop the left side of the building was torn off and rolled down the back side of the building's roof, causing damage to the panels which remained intact. Roofers covered the exposed area with a tarp, and the center was open and serving patients the day after the storm. Dallas was called back several months ago to repair the roof damage caused by flying debris and the heavy, runaway dormer was dissembled in pieces and removed from the roof after the storm.

Englert Inc., www.englertinc.com

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