Fell Charter School

Simpson, PA

For six long years, the Fell Charter School struggled heavily with funding. Classes were held in second-hand modular buildings and at the church hall next door. Then in 2012, the school was given more than $6 million by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to build a brand-new facility.

School administrators knew they needed to focus on value engineering to make the most of their budget, so they decided on metal panels. Specifically, Hefti-Rib® by Fabral, for its superior strength-to-weight ratio and spanning capabilities — making it the perfect canvas for creative designs.

To create their vision, the school worked closely with Fabral and architects from Burkavage Design Associates. They focused on using a variety of colors, rotating the panels, changing orientation, and varying the height on different portions of the building.

The new facility covers 18,000 square feet, includes 14 new classrooms, with a new cafeteria and a new music room. The school board, parents, and kids were thrilled with the outcome. Following the move, enrollment increased by 25 percent.

Project Details

  • Featuring 145 squares of Hefti-Rib exposed fastener wall panel in varying colors
  • 46 squares of regal blue
  • 35 squares of slate blue
  • 64 squares of sandstone
  • Installer – E.H. Beiler Industrial Services
  • Architect – Burkavage Design Associates
  • Distributor – Architectural Building Systems

Color Details

Kynar coatings in Regal Blue, Slate Blue, and Sandstone were chosen for the wall.


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Product Details

Hefti-Rib ®

Superior strength-to-weight ratio and spanning capabilities set this panel apart. It adds texture and strength to designs and can act as a canvas on the exterior.

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Hefti-Rib ®

Panel Options Available: Panel Variations HR-288 and Reverse Run Hefti-Rib I are Available
Substrate Offering:
.032″ Aluminum .040″ Aluminum .050″ Aluminum 18 Gauge Steel 20 Gauge Steel 22 Gauge Steel 24 Gauge Steel 26 Gauge Steel
Panel Features:
Vertical & Horizontal Applications
Customizations Available:
Curving Options Mitered Corners Wall & Roof Variations
Maximum Panel Length: 45′
Minimum Panel Length: 6′