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Metal roof creates movement at art gallery

Photo: 2016 Kyle Zirkus Photography

Photo: 2016 Kyle Zirkus Photography

DWL Architects + Planners Inc. designed the main roof for the Art Gallery at Mesa Community College, Mesa, Ariz., as a sculptural form that creates an appearance of movement with extensive curves from a metal wave truss. The architecture firm unified the design with white finishes on all the exposed metal and masonry surfaces. Metal materials and finishes were specified to complement nearby buildings.

Mark Dee, AIA, LEED AP, is principal at DWL Architects + Planners. "Metal was consciously chosen to enrich the Art Gallery's bold aesthetics, withstand the harsh desert climate and contribute to the sustainable character of [Mesa Community College's] campus," Dee says.

The design's metal, cantilevered roof extends beyond the boundaries of the facility to maximize the shade screening and create adjacent outdoor exhibit space. A metal roof with a highly reflective coating minimizes radiant heat gain, repels water, maintains the durability of the building's exterior envelope and decreases the campus' heat island effect on the environment. The recycled metal products for the structural roof deck, columns, beams and custom trusses were within the project's budget and met Mesa Community College's sustainability standards.

Western Building Group LLC installed, vertically and horizontally, approximately 4,000 square feet of Firestone Building Products Co. LLC's 22-gauge UNA-CLAD UC-14 standing seam roof system with a Kynar 500 finish. Cave's Canopies and Steel fabricated and installed the primary structural steel system including a 3/8-inch continuous steel bentedge plate surrounding the perimeter. Western Building Group also installed its 20-gauge, Type-B, 1 1/2-inch metal decking, primed and painted flashing and a cantilevered drip edge.

The Art Gallery has a community gallery, workroom, director's office, storage room and outdoor pavilion with a sculpture garden. Students, faculty and local and regional artists showcase a variety of art forms at the facility including paintings, sculptures, photography, electronic media and digital art. The $1.3 million, 4,697-square-foot project was completed in August 2015.

Owner: Maricopa Community College District, Tempe, Ariz.
Architect: DWL Architects + Planners Inc., Phoenix
General contractor: Burris Horrell Corp., Mesa, Ariz.
Roof consultant: Western Roof Evaluation Corp., Peoria, Ariz.
Installer: Western Building Group LLC, Mesa
Insulation: Hunter Panels LLC, Portland, Maine,
Metal roof panels: Firestone Building Products Co. LLC, Indianapolis,
Structural steel fabricator: Cave's Canopies and Steel, Apache Junction, Ariz.,