At first glance, the New College of Florida academic building in Sarasota, Fla, is another architecturally pleasing structure. The building, roofed with Petersen Aluminum’s Tite-Loc Plus standing seam metal panels, sets at the entrance to the campus and makes a bold, welcoming statement. But more importantly, the building is the only structure on campus to meet the Hurricane Shelter Approval from the Florida Department of Education. In addition, the mechanically seamed panels also meet the requirements of Miami-Dade NOA and Florida Building Approvals.

Approximately 20,000 square feet of PAC-CLAD .040-inch aluminum Tite-Loc Plus panels were utilized in addition to 4,400 square feet of .032-inch aluminum PAC-850 Soffit Panels, which also has Florida Approvals. Additionally, 7,000 square feet of PAC Flat Stock was used for flashings.
Located on a dramatic, 140-acre bay front site, New College of Florida is a residential honors academic institution. The new academic building provides 36,000 square feet of office space, classrooms and common areas. Design for the project was provided by Moule & Polyzoides Architects, of Pasadena, Calif., and combines vernacular and contemporary design elements consistent with its location on the Gulf of Mexico. The PAC-CLAD metal roof interfaces with masonry walls and hurricane shutters for protection from sun and rain.
Given the building’s location only 1,100 feet from the edge of the Gulf, the California-based architectural firm hired David Moss of Moss Specs, Sarasota, to provide expertise regarding local codes. With more than 40 years of writing total-building specifications, Moss is well known throughout the industry and now specializes in roof and specifications consulting.
For the roof system, Moss suggested aluminum with a Kynar finish, and the architects agreed. “We specified .040-inch aluminum, but the final test for the shelter code passed with .032 inch, so they actually have a roof that’s even better than what is required,” Moss said.
Installation of the PAC-CLAD material was done by Murton Roofing, a TECTA America company, Miami.
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