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Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values at the University of Tampa in Tampa, Fla.

The Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values at the University of Tampa in Tampa, Fla., allows students the opportunity to balance their educational and intellectual development with their personal and spiritual growth relative to life values and goals. Funding for the project was provided in part by a lead gift from the building's namesakes- John and Susan Sykes-who embraced the vision of strengthening student development through depth of character, strong values and an individual sense of spirituality.

The unique structure is one of the most architecturally significant buildings at the University of Tampa. Located in the geological center of campus, the chapel/center serves student organizations with religious and/or spiritual affiliations, the overall student population and the local Tampa community. An adjacent planned quadrangle plaza will be utilized for a wide range of campus events and student gatherings.

The 15,000-square-foot structure includes a main hall with seating for 260 people for lectures, ceremonies, discussions and musical performances including those with its 55-foot tall custom-built organ. In addition, the facility offers meeting rooms, two meditation rooms and a gallery. Brick, high-performance glass, granite and RHEINZINK comprise the primary materials of the building's exterior palette.

Design for the project was provided by tvsdesign, Atlanta. "The chapel/center was designed to elicit spiritual, sensory and emotional responses by the building users," says Robert Balke, principal. "The building interior is shaped by light and sound. Like two cupped hands held slightly apart, light enters from above and from the east. Daylight and music are reflected and diffused by the warm, curving interior forms of the undulating wooden walls."

"The project demonstrates the highest attention to design and the discerning use of quality materials in order to give form to the University's vision," Balke adds.

Woburn, Mass.-based RHEINZINK supplied three different products for the project. Approximately 17,500 square feet of 22-gauge, 0.8-mm RHEINZINK Double Lock standing seam panels clad the roof; approximately 6,500 square feet of 18-gauge, 1.2-mm RHEINZINK Vertical Reveal Panels clad the façade and soffits; and 3,000 square feet of zinc composite material was used on the fascia and canopies. All RHEINZINK material was finished in Pre-weathered Blue Gray.

Early in the design process, stainless steel was considered for the roof as a reference to the stainless steel minarets that grace the historic Plant Hall that symbolizes the University. RHEINZINK was selected for its visual softness and ability to diffuse light as required by the design.

The durability and sustainability of RHEINZINK was also an important factor. "We see this as an enduring, 100-year building," Balke says. "The selfhealing nature of zinc and the fact that it will patina over time was important to us. The building will look even better as it ages."

The standing seam profile was also a key factor in the design, according to David Fulmer, senior associate and member of the tvsdesign team. "The scale of the material, the rhythm and the texture help reinforce the shape of the curve," Fulmer says. "The form is delineated by the ribs of the standing seam profile." "The University has many traditional elements and the RHEINZINK helps bridge the contemporary with the traditional," according to Fulmer.

The RHEINZINK applications were fabricated by MetalTech-USA, Peachtree City, Ga., and installed by General Works of Tampa and Morrell Architectural Systems Inc., both based in Tampa. Peter R. Brown Construction Inc., Tampa, was the construction manager for the project. Other design team members included Walter P. Moore and Associates Inc., Atlanta; Anston-Greenlees Inc., Tampa; and Kirkegaard Associates, Chicago.

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