Roof Gives a Lot of Bang For the Buck

Feb. 26, 2003
In what is believed to be one of the first formal collaborations between a city council and a college board, the new LaVista Public Library/Metropolitan Community College Sarpy Center is quite a showplace.Located in LaVista, Nebraska, the two-story, 68,000 square foot joint-use project combines previously separate library and community college facilities.Topped with 32,000 square feet of Petersen’s Snap-Clad™ Panels with a custom brown PAC-CLAD® finish, the panels are 24 gauge galvanized steel. “The owners were very maintenance conscious and concerned about long term use,” according to design architect Steve Ginn, ZBM/Partners, Omaha.  “At the same time, city officials asked for a building that would help provide an identity for the suburban community.  The cascading roof and central rotunda provided the landmark look they sought.”“It’s actually a very economical building to own and operate,” reports Ginn.  “They got a lot of bang for the buck!”Boone Brothers Roofing, Omaha, was the roofing contractor. According to Rich Boone, “This was an ideal design by the architect for a metal roof, although it did create some challenges.  Our guys did a great job with the installation, particularly on the step flashing that ties into the ridges at the rotunda.”“We have a great relationship with Petersen and tremendous confidence in working with the PAC-CLAD material,” says Boone.The general contractor was Meco-Henne Contracting, Omaha. Produced in factory formed lengths up to 55 feet, Petersen’s Snap-Clad Panels are Herr-Voss corrective leveled to provide superior flatness.  Longer lengths are available by consulting the factory.  All are available in 33 standard colors on steel and 28 standard colors on aluminum.For more information on the complete line of Petersen metal roofing products, call 800-PAC-CLAD or visit

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