The Western Health Center in Midfield, Ala.

Under One Roof

AIA Priority Category:

  • Design & Health




Western Health Center


Midfield, Ala.

Design Team:

Birchfield Penuel & Associates

Product Specs:

Product: Tite-Loc, Cool Color, Cardinal Red

Originally Published:

Curved roof creates inviting health center in Alabama.


The Western Health Center in Midfield, Ala., provides comprehensive medical care for under-served populations in Jefferson County. The two-story, 78,000-sq.-ft. center needed to consolidate three older health clinics into an attractive, more centrally located facility. The expansive site has walking and biking trails available to staff and the public; the goal was to create an aesthetically pleasing, inviting facility for the public and employees.


The design was driven by the Department of Health’s desire to provide fresh, inviting health centers that are patient-focused and employee-friendly, says Tom Kidwell, Senior Associate and Project Architect, Birchfield Penuel & Assocs., Birmingham, which created the design.


The building’s material palette included adhered masonry veneer and precast concrete, in addition to standing seam metal roofing panels and wall panels. “The materials play together in a fun way to make the project interesting and inviting,” Kidwell says.


Highlighting the design is a contemporary, barrel vault roof that uses 10,000 sq. ft. of Petersen Aluminum’s Tite-Loc panels finished in Cool Color Cardinal Red. The mechanically seamed, 2-in. standing seam panels were installed on a self-adhered under-laying membrane on 6-in. polyisocyanurate insulation on an exposed acoustical metal deck on sloped bowstring trusses.

Builders also used Tite-Loc panels to roof a gazebo in a pecan tree grove on the site that was spared during construction, as well as on a curved canopy at the main entrance. The design team even brought the standing seam panels and masonry veneer into the interior of the two-story reception area. In addition to the roof panels, 8000 sq. ft. of Reveal panels in Sierra Tan were used to clad exterior walls.

The Western Health Center in Midfield, Ala.
The metal panels—in Cool Color Cardinal Red—also grace a curved canopy at the main entrance.

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