After a generous bequest in 2000, the staff of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill launched the design for a Botanical Garden Visitor Education Center designed by Frank Harmon, Architect, of Raleigh, North Carolina. After being completed in October of 2009, the James & Delight Allen Education Center became the first building on the UNC campus to earn LEED platinum status.
The Botanical Garden was devoted to plant conservation, public programs and continuous research for UNC. With the new Education Center the faculty wanted to celebrate the relationship between humans and nature by the integration of indoor and outdoor spaces. Staff members needed a space to be able to hold lectures, classes and workshops to present information on sustainable garden practices. Combining energy saving methods for sustainability was a main focus for this project.
The project features over 31,000 square feet of MBCI’s metal panels. The new center incorporated 29,823 square feet of MBCI’s BattenLok® HS standing seam roofing system with another 4,706 square feet of MBCI’s 5V Crimp exposed fastening roof panels, both in a Galvalume Plus® finish. The BattenLok® HS panels helped qualify the project for LEED platinum certification because of their assistance in continuous energy savings, as well as being Air and Water Testing approved which allows for longer life span. The structure also included photovoltaic panels installed on top of the BattenLok® HS panels. The 5V Crimp roof panel offers an ideal old-time, residential appearance and an aesthetically-pleasing solution for light commercial applications.
The project architect, Frank Harmon, has worked with MBCI for 25 years. “[I] found their advice to be helpful and reliable.” Harmon said. “The standing seam Galvalume® roof at the Botanical Garden reflects hear, sheds rainwater, readily accepts photovoltaic panels, and is beautiful.” Stat Roofing & Construction of Stoneville, North Carolina contracted the project while Frank Harmon Architect designed.
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
Color: Galvalume Plus
Coverage: 31,000 sq. ft.
Architect: Frank Harmon, Architect, Raleigh, NC
Roofing Contractor: Stat Roofing & Construction, Stoneville, NC
General Contractor: New Atlantic Contracting, Winston-Salem, NC