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  School Uses Metal “Tile Panels” to Harmonize with Local Community

The Avalon Elementary School in Perris, Calif. selected the Met-Tile “tile panel” roofing system for its residential look that would match the distinctive Spanish style exterior of the school.During the planning stages for the Avalon Elementary School in Perris, California, the building team sought a design that would coordinate with surrounding residential development. While standing seam roofing was originally considered because of its durability and low maintenance, the team wanted a product with more of a residential look. A metal “tile panel” roofing system from Met-Tile, Inc. (Ontario, California) provided the lightweight and performance features of metal roofing, combined with a tile facsimile profile that provided the desired aesthetics. 

Approximately 64,000 square feet of Met-Tile roofing in 26 GA zinc-aluminum coated steel was used to cover a total of seven buildings, including administration, library, a media center and classroom facilities. The paint coating, manufactured by Specialty Finishes Company (Fontana, Calif.), is a silicone modified polyester coating in a custom Copper Penny color. Met-Tile provided Spanish-style flashings to optimize the Mission look of the roof lines. 

The roofing contractor, United Contractors of San Bernardino, California, reports using the Met-Tile system on a number of previous projects including a large college campus. According to Allen Vestal of United Contractors, this was a standard installation in which they applied the Met-Tile panels vertically (eave to ridge) over plywood decking and under layment on the various buildings, with a four-man crew completing all aspects of the job within three months. 

“The system is pretty simple to install, and the Met-Tile panels offer greater coverage than standing seam products, which makes for a somewhat faster installation,” Vestal states. The Met-Tile panels have a standard width of 36 inches and were produced in special lengths up to25-ft. for this project. “The Copper Penny color is very unusual, but it matches the surrounding housing and fits into the local landscape very well,” he adds. 

In addition to the roofing, many other architectural aspects of the school coordinate with design features implemented throughout the Avalon community: a distinctive Spanish style exterior, dramatic covered entryways within each of the seven school buildings, and sidings made of rough-textured multi-coat stucco with striking trim elements around doors and windows. 

The $14 million, 51,000-square-footcustom-designed education facility was completed in 2005 by Barratt American (Lake Elsinore, Calif.), the developer of the adjacent, recreationally rich Villages of Avalon community. According to Barratt American, “The August 2005 opening of the school was made possible thanks to the passage of State Senate Bill 50 in the late‘90s, which enables community builders to construct schools serving new homeowners, rather than waiting for publicly funded construction…. Avalon Elementary School is one of the first schools in Riverside County and California to be built under SB50 authorization.” 

Installed cost of the roofing system was approximately $385,000, which includes the labor and materials for the custom-color Met-Tile system as well as gutters, downspouts and all other roof-related components. General Contractor and construction manager for the project was ASR Constructors, Riverside, Calif., and DC Architects of Upland, Calif. served as the architect.

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