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Escambia County Central Office Complex, Pensacola, Fla.

The new Escambia County Central Office Complex in Pensacola, Fla., became the first government project in Escambia County to qualify for LEED status when it was completed in the summer of 2010. "It was a tight budget and the county wanted the most cost-efficient building possible with the least maintenance," according to Steve Jernigan, FAIA, project architect, at Bay Design Associates Architects, Pensacola.

As a result, Milton, Fla.-based West Coast Roofing installed approximately 30,000 square feet of 24-gauge, unpainted Galvalume Plus Snap-Clad Panels and Flush Panels from Petersen Aluminum Corp., Elk Grove Village, Ill., and distributed by Roofers Mart, Pensacola. "We concluded that the unfinished snap seam panel best met our requirements," Jernigan notes. "It was quick from a construction standpoint and offered low maintenance and a high recycled content. The cost was definitely attractive too."

The Galvalume Plus panels offer a recycle content of 32.7 percent, of which 25.5 percent is post-consumer. The building also features an extensive 33,000-square-foot vegetative roof system, believed to be the largest of its kind in Florida. As a result, both factors contributed to the building's LEED Gold certification.

Jernigan also noted that the Petersen profiles were in keeping with the aesthetics that Bay Design wanted. "It's a functional building housing construction and building related departments of Escambia County. The look and feel just seems right for those types of entities," said Jernigan. "And since the building is not particularly tall, the ribbed panels gave us nice verticality along with dimension and shadow patterns."

The design team at Bay Design worked closely with West Coast Roofing on the project. "They were extremely helpful in making sure we had all of the detailing done properly," Jernigan says. "They made numerous mock-ups of various trim details for our review."

The roof construction proved to have some challenges as Brad Davis of West Coast Roofing explains, "The greatest challenge was definitely the flashing details-the side walls, head walls, seal conditions. It was an interesting project. Everything was field verified and every wall was hand measured. The whole building is metal and it has a really clean look. We get compliments on it all the time. And we're in the building a lot because that's where we go to get our permits!"

The 79,000-square-foot facility houses departments responsible for building inspections, environmental enforcement, fire safety, animal control, engineering and transportation services. Previously, these departments were located in three separate buildings. Now the departments are centralized allowing county employees and citizens of the Pensacola community to enjoy greater access to multiple and important government departments.

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