Virginia Tech Indoor Practice Facility

Blacksburg, Virginia

At 400 feet long, 210 feet wide and 86 feet tall, the Virginia Tech Indoor Practice Facility contains more than eight million cubic feet of space. Seventeen years in the making, the building stands taller than nearly all other college-level practice facilities, allowing team kickers to punt without hesitation and acts as a mixed-use center for soccer, lacrosse and baseball practices and games. Built to last, this substantial building includes indoor and outdoor practice fields, a coaches’ viewing deck and a 65-foot high catwalk.


Given the project size, creating the ideal roof system for the design-build project required significant consideration. At a massive 98,000 square feet, the structure must be strong enough to withstand the ice and snow of winters but also resist the intense heat of summer. The general contractor recognized that most manufacturers would be unable to rollform a continuous 238 foot panel, the length needed to span the building’s width.

Fabral’s Stand’N Seam panels proved to be the ideal solution. This high performance, mechanically seamed panel system allows unlimited thermal expansion while curving to fit the barrel vaulted roof. Since the panels were too big to be shipped, on-site rollforming was the only manufacturing option. To accommodate the panel length and weight, a crane was used to hoist the rollformer, operator and coil up to the eave of the building. After the machine operator ran each panel, installers would secure it – and begin installing the next panel when it was completed. The full roof was installed in 10 working days.

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Project Details

  • 16″ 24-Gauge Stand’N Seam
  • Building Owner: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • General Contractor: WM Jordan
  • Architect: HKS
  • Installing Contractor: Roof Systems of Virginia
  • Distributor: N.B. Handy, Inc.

Color Details

Custom color Hokie Maroon is the perfect fit for this landmark facility.

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Product Details

Stand ’N Seam®

This high performance, mechanically seamed roof system satisfies the most demanding applications. The panels can be roll-formed and curved to span an entire roof without end seams.

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Stand ’N Seam®

Substrate Offering:
.032″ Aluminum .040″ Aluminum 22 Gauge Steel 24 Gauge Steel Copper
Panel Features:
Double lock-seamed side joints Factory Applied Sealant Unrestricted thermal movement
Customizations Available:
Factory-Forming Field-Forming
Highest wind-uplift resistance of any standing seam panel on the market
Minimum Roof Slope: 1/2:12
Hail Resistance: UL2218, Class 4
Fire Resistance: UL790, Class A
Maximum Panel Length: 47′
Minimum Panel Length: 6′

Test Data

Wind Uplift UL90#275, 275A, 275B
ASTM E330 24 ga. allowable load of 95.76 psf @ 2.5′
22 ga. allowable load of 87.88 psf @ 5′
.032″ AL allowable load of 48.48 psf @ 5′
.032″ AL allowable load of 66.67 psf @ 2.5′
.040″ AL allowable load of 66.67 psf @ 5′
.040″ AL allowable load of 82.42 psf @ 2.5′
Air infiltrationASTM E283.006 @ 20 psf
ASTM E16800.00 @ 20 psf
ASTM E331no water @ 20 psf
ASTM E1646no water @ 20 psf