Thursday | 21 January, 2016 | 12:32 pm

In the game

Photo: Ole Miss

Teamwork plays well for new basketball arena at Ole Miss

January 21, 2016 - It’s no news that college hoops are prominent in the life of students and alumni, fans and local residents who often support their teams at a feverish pitch. Thus, the University of Mississippi—founded in 1848 and known for its athletic programs—recently commissioned a $96.5 million basketball arena, The Pavilion at Ole Miss. The multi-purpose facility is home to the men’s and women’s basketball program and also hosts graduation ceremonies, concerts and other university-wide events. 

Groundbreaking for the facility took place in July 2014 and a weekend-long celebration from Jan. 7-10, 2016, marked the facility’s opening.

Using a substrate of 22-gauge Galvalume, ACI Building Systems LLC in Batesville, Mississippi, and Rogers Steel Co., Chattanooga, Tennessee, manufactured the metal panels that make up ACI’s UltraLok Roof System. The Valspar Corp., Minneapolis, provided the coatings for the arena and Precoat Metals in Weirton, West Virginia, applied the coatings to the material.

The arena is a three-story structural steel frame supporting steel trusses. From the exterior, it wields an elegant footprint in spite of its scale, one that is enhanced by a curved and colonnaded entrance façade that echoes The Pavilion’s signature curved roof. The roof is clad in metal paneling manufactured by ACI Building Systems and coated with Valspar’s Fluropon 70 percent PVDF coating in Terra Cotta. A premium, high performance product with exceptional dirt- and stain-resistant properties, the coating will remain durable in all sorts of weather conditions. The combination of ACI panels and Fluropon ensure The Pavilion’s striking roof will endure lustrously for years to come, according to Valspar

“Valspar has consistently provided ACI with a superior product,” said Tim Davis, ACI’s vice president of sales. “We are confident in Valspar’s products to meet or exceed all our customers' requirements.” 

ACI's UltraLok Roof System is designed and fabricated with both appearance and weather resistance top-of-mind. The UltraLok Standing Seam Panel, is 18 by 2 inches with factory installed sealant and was specified from over 10 different panel profiles. The Ultra-Lok panel is mechanically seamed and offers excellent weather resistance and is virtually maintenance free. 

“We are excited to work on such a high profile project in conjunction with ACI,” said Tommy Rogers of Rogers Steel Co. “The 22 gauge Galvalume substrate on this job, paired with the Valspar Fluropon coating, is not only aesthetically pleasing, but offers a premium roofing system fitting of this project.”

At 225,000 square feet, the arena seats 9,500 fans. In addition to the basketball court, it features locker room suites for players, athletic coaches and officials. The complex also includes a private student concourse, courtside and baseline seating for students, three premium club areas. 

Visit Valspar at, ACI Building Systems at and Rogers Steel Co. at

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