AUSTIN, Texas. — Petersen Aluminum’s Snap-Clad Panels and other PAC-CLAD materials were used in the construction of McCallum Fine Arts Academy building in Austin, Texas.

Described as a work of art itself, the Academy presents a dramatic environment in which students from across the Austin Independent School District pursue an accelerated, comprehensive arts curriculum. In addition to classrooms and studio spaces, the $9 million facility features a 524-seat theatre, scene shop, dressing rooms and a lobby which doubles as an art gallery.

Approximately 23,000 square feet of Snap-Clad Panels finished in Silver Metallic were utilized. The 12-inch and 16-inch panels were installed in an alternating pattern design to create the desired effect. Other PAC-CLAD materials include 4,000 square feet of 12-inch Flush Panels and 12,000 square feet of Flat Sheet.

Architectural design for the project was provided by SHW Group LLP, Austin. “This magnet school is definitely a showpiece for the Austin Independent School District,” SHW Principal Barry Nebhut said. “The school is in a neighborhood of relatively small homes, and there was an initial concern about overpowering the residences. The sloped roofing forms and angles helped break up the scale of the building and bring it down to a street level.”

SHW Group specializes in education facilities and has used PAC-CLAD products on a number of projects. The Petersen panels were installed by Texas Roofing Company, Austin.

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