Collegiate Academic Commons

Richmond, Virginia

The Sharp Academic Commons at the Collegiate School is a “technologically and architecturally innovative space in which Collegiate Upper Schoolers learn and connect.” The Collegiate School desired to add a building that could accommodate the entire Upper School student population to provide group learning experiences and incorporate the newest in learning technologies. Fabral Thin Seam metal roofing was chosen for its extensive product availability, outstanding service, and LEED support. With the roof being the dominant architectural feature of the building, special care had to be taken to match the existing and new buildings surrounding the project. The academic commons is a 27,000 square foot library and meeting place “designed to adapt to the future needs of the digital information age.” It houses the school’s library as well as dining, meeting, and classroom spaces for approximately 1,600 K-12 students.

Project Details

  • Product Used: Thin Seam
  • Completion Date: July 1, 2013
  • Installer: NW Martin & Bros, Inc
  • Distributor: NB Handy
  • Building Owner: Collegiate School
  • Building Size: 27,000 square feet

Color Details

Fabral Energy Star custom color SR Weathered Zinc was used to create this contemporary design.

View Colors & Finishes

Project Gallery

Product Details

Thin Seam

A snap-together panel for easy installation with no mechanical seaming tool required. Ideal for installation over solid substrate and open framing.

View Product Specs

Thin Seam

Substrate Offering:
.032″ Aluminum .040″ Aluminum 22 Gauge Steel 24 Gauge Steel Copper
Panel Features:
Factory Applied Sealant Unlimited Thermal Movement
Customizations Available:
Batten Seam Lines Tapering Options
Maximum Panel Length: 47′
Minimum Panel Length: 6′

Test Data

Wind UpliftUL580Class 90 #303, 359, 359A, 343, 417
ASTM E1592Results Vary Depending on Gauge and Panel Thicknessa
Air infiltrationASTM E283.009 @ 6.24 psf
Water penetrationASTM E331no water @ 15 psf