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Design supports vocational education

Photo: Mike Lebel photoDeSoto County School District had a goal to strengthen work force development in the region with a learning environment for vocational students at DeSoto County Career Technology Center West in Horn Lake, Miss. The career center offers programs in automotive repair, carpentry, culinary arts, digital media, engineering, health sciences, HVAC, information technology, metal work and robotics.

Michel Lebel, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, of Allen and Hoshall, says the primary design goal was to create an innovative building design that helped student recruitment for an affordable budget. "Early in the programming phase, it was decided that the building would be used as a teaching tool to help promote some of the programs offered," he says. "Building materials, equipment and technologies were displayed in ways to help spark student interest. We really wanted to keep your eyes moving when you looked at the building."

Allen and Hoshall designed the facility with multiple metal panels including perforated metal panels at one end surrounding HVAC equipment. The equipment was placed on the ground instead of the roof to allow for expansion and students in the HVAC and metal working program to have access for educational purposes.

"[The school district] wanted something a little different, something a little edgier that still provided great durability," Lebel says. "They didn't want the standard red brick and green roof everybody does around here. It was a chance to do something a little different. Metal allows you a different level of creativity."

I P Construction LLC installed Morin Corp.'s, a Kingspan Group company, 22-gauge Galvalume F-12-0 in Copper Penny horizontally and vertically and 22-gauge Galvalume BR-35 Exposed Fastener Series siding in Medium Gray at entrances.

"Both entrances utilized a variety of metal panel profiles and joint types to emphasize metal work and detailing," Lebel says.

I P Construction installed Morin's 22-gauge Galvalume BR-35 panels in Seafoam Green; 22-gauge Galvalume AA-12 Concealed Fastener Series siding in Copper Penny; 22-gauge Galvalume XC-12 Integrity Series siding in Copper Penny and Bone White; 0.05-inch mill finish aluminum in Medium Gray and Seafoam Green; and 22-gauge Galvalume SLR-16 and SLR-12 in Bone White.

During installation, six I P Construction crew members lifted panels onto three forklifts, all with 30-foot-long aluminum picks. Forklifts raised 12 panels to the roofline, where 12 more crew members removed them from the forklifts and stacked them on the roof for installation. The 58,000-square-foot building was completed in October 2015.

Francisco Sanchez, operating manager at I P Construction, says the panel staging was completed in one day. "My favorite part is the perforated panels," he says. "My second favorite is the roof, mainly because of its size and how we were able to overcome the issue of raising 110-foot panels from the ground to the roof."

Owner: DeSoto County School District, Hernando, Miss.
Architect: Allen and Hoshall, Memphis, Tenn.,
General contractor: C & M Builders Inc., Southhaven, Miss.,
Installer: I P Construction LLC, Memphis
Metal roof panels/metal wall panels: Morin Corp., a Kingspan Group company, Bristol, Conn.,

Photo: Mike Lebel photo