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University of West Oahu Chooses Eco-friendly Cladding for New Campus
University of West Oahu has chosen zinc roofing double lock panels for its new permanent campus.
The completed $48 million structure would have to be able to accommodate 3,700 students and eventually 7,500 students. The primary challenges of this project lie in incorporating sustainable design principles into the building. Design aspirations included creating a roof assembly that could meet performance requirements such as lowering cooling costs, improving ventilation, and balancing humidity. Zinc was chosen as the cladding solution because of its performance capabilities in tropical climates.
“We had to identify the right components for a high-performance roof assembly,” said MetalTech-USA VP Blaine Gardner. “We were happy to collaborate with Alcal Hawaii to engineer a quality double lock roofing application suited for such a climate.”
Zinc cladding fabricated by MetalTech-USA was used for the roofing because it can extend the service life of a structure in coastal regions. The zinc Double Lock Standing Seam profile was used for the 150,000 square-foot roofing project. The .8mm/22-GA double lock panels feature a graphite gray finish with a seam height of 1.5”.
The first portion of the project is scheduled for completion in spring 2012. The remainder of the construction will be completed later this year.
Specialty metal fabrication and engineering:
Architects: John Hara Associates, Inc.
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