Youngker High School Performing Arts Center, Buckeye, Ariz.
People: Architect, Orcutt Winslow Architects, Phoenix; general contractor, Core Construction, Phoenix; builder, Architectural Building Systems, Phoenix; erector contractor, Commercial Steel Systems, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Products: The metal building components were manufactured by Metallic Building Co. in Houston.
Fine Points: The nearly 20,000-square-foot performing arts facility utilizes a series of preengineered metal structures. The architects designed the building to be constructed with materials typically seen in barns and in rural life, thereby contributing to Buckeye’s agricultural legacy. There are several interesting features, such as the horizontal perforated PBC wall panels placed in front of a glass curtainwall with openings in uneven locations. This screens the three-story lobby from the constant sun. At the front of the building, the roof at the endwall cantilevers out 24 feet, giving a wing appearance. Since the building is in the flight path of one of the largest active Air Force training centers in the country, constant jet noise needed to be alleviated by using an insulated panel system with thermal insulation to give the walls, ceiling, and roof a sound barrier.