Help! A large church in our city is proposing the construction of a 16,000 sq. ft. accessory building (for youth ministry). The church wants to use a Butler system called "TextureWall", which is basically the siding, insulation, and interior wall materials "glued" together in one big panel. The panel then clips into a series of metal grids. It's the same system used for large industrial buildings, barns, etc. The building is flat, though the architect does try to throw in some other materials (decorative block & brick veneer). Our city code does not allow this type of building system to be used in either commercial or industrial districts, but the code does not address materials that can be used in institutional districts. A shortcoming, I know, but one that we've managed to deal with in the past by appealing to other churches desire to do the right thing. Staff is telling the church no, and I think we'll get support from our Planning Commission and City Council, but the church seems like it will play the "we're too poor, and shucks, we do so much good for the city, etc.". To me, a church is no different from big box or any other use, and should comply with our codes. But I'm nervous the elected officials will feel sorry for the church and tell staff to work out some deal so that they can have a some variance or update the code to accommodate them or some other catastrophe.
So my question, does anyone have any horror stories or any good stories about these types of systems? Are they durable, or do they just look like crap in 5 years?
Here's a link to Butler's website :
Thanks in advance!