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Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tenn.

Photo courtesy of Rufus Johnson Associates
Photo courtesy of Rufus Johnson Associates

Rufus Johnson Associates designed Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tenn., with simple forms, an emphasis on functionality and a sense of welcoming. To execute its design, the architecture firm specified metal building systems, a variety of large doors, walkway canopy that extends across the front of the church and other metal building products.

To construct the church, Bigbee Steel Buildings Inc. supplied its metal building system with four frames: one low-profile rigid frame, two single-slope frames, and one lean-to frame. The metal building systems provided long clear-spans in the auditorium, atrium, garage, meeting spaces and classrooms.

For interior framing, Price Ceiling and Drywall Inc. installed Marino\WARE Industries Inc.’s light-gauge framing in a range of gauges and sizes to meet the requirements of vertical spans.

At the roof, 31,046 square feet of Bigbee’s VR 24-gauge QuadLok standing seam roof system with Pearl Gray PVDF Kynar solar reflective coating were installed.

The walls are clad with 20,013 square feet of Bigbee’s 24-gauge Rib II metal wall panels, reverse and standard run, in three PVDF Kynar colors: Burnished Slate, Pearl Gray and Regal Blue. Burnished Slate and Pearl Gray are the main colors, and Regal Blue was used at the front entrance. Bigbee also supplied its 26-gauge steel in Burnished Slate for trim, gutters and downspouts.

At the front of the church, Peachtree Protective Covers Inc. installed its extruded aluminum walkway canopy in PVDF Kynar Fashion Gray. Peachtree Protective Covers wrapped the columns supporting the canopy with Arconic Architectural Products LLC’s 1/8-inch Reynobond metal composite material in Colorweld 500 Deep Black.

Rufus Johnson III, AIA, NCARB, APA, president at Rufus Johnson Associates, says, “We utilized a combination of standard column, beam, deck, gutter and fascia to create a visually pleasing, while cost effective, covered walkway. This walkway helps draws one to the main entrance, and allows the facility users protection from the elements when entering/leaving the building.”

Throughout the building, Commercial Installation LLC installed YKK AP America Inc.’s YES 45 aluminum storefront system with 2-inch by 4 1/2-inch thermally broken framing in PVDF Kynar Black.

At the atrium, Crawford Door Sales of Nashville Inc. installed two of Haas Door Co.’s 18-gauge extruded aluminum sectional doors with clear anodized finish. The sectional doors separate the atrium and garage, which are flexible gathering spaces. When they’re closed, the spaces function independently. When the doors are open, it becomes one large space. Additionally, at an auditorium storage room, Crawford Door Sales installed two of CornellCookson Inc.’s 20-gauge galvanized steel, insulated, fire-resistant, rolling doors.

Inside the church, Barnett Iron Works Inc. fabricated structural steel stairways with a combination of standard steel members and concrete-filled pan steps. For infill rails, steel tubes and 2-inch by 2-inch crimp-weave panels were used. Barnett Iron Works fabricated and primed the stairway components off site; after installation, they were painted in place.

In all, the project utilized approximately 40 tons of steel and 6 tons of aluminum. The 44,088-square-foot project was completed in October 2016.