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Zinc roof and wall panels were specified for Charles J. Colton Junior High School, New Orleans, located below sea level, to protect it from storms.Zinc roof and wall panels were specified for Charles J. Colton Junior High School, New Orleans, located below sea level, to protect it from storms. Attendance decreased after Hurricane Katrina and the school, which first opened in 1929, closed. Creative Arts New Orleans and New Orleans Recovery School District planned a community-based educational alliance at the school, one that would bring high school students together with professional artists. Completed in April 2013, a successful building envelope field testing was conducted before the school reopened.

Umicore Building Products USA Inc. supplied 38,000 square feet of its VMZ Interlocking, Standing Seam and Corrugated panels for the project. Carriere-Stumm Inc. installed VMZ Standing seam panel in 0.7-mm QUARTZ-ZINC Plus on the roof, VMZ Interlocking panels in 1-mm QUARTZ-ZINC on the wall and VMZ Corrugated panel in 0.8-mm QUARTZ-ZINC on the wall.

Architect: Waggonner and Ball Architects, New Orleans

General contractor: F. H. Paschen, S.N. Nielsen and Associations, Metairie, La.

Installer: Carriere-Stumm Inc., New Orleans

Metal roof/wall panels: Umicore Building Products USA Inc., Raleigh, N.C., www.vmzinc-us.com