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Preserving History at Indiana State University

Preserving History at Indiana State University

The State of Indiana approved a $16 million renovation project

The State of Indiana approved a $16 million renovation project that restored Normal Hall to its former glory. This photo shows the exterior after the renovation was completed. Photo: Indiana State University

Completed in 1909, Normal Hall is the second oldest surviving building on the Indiana State University campus in Terre Haute, Ind. Since then, Normal Hall has undergone multiple renovations, including an addition added in 1957. But by 2010, the grand neo-classical building was largely unoccupied and falling into disrepair. The hall maintained its perch at the center of campus, but years of service to its tens of thousands of students had taken their toll.

“We try to preserve the history of ISU here on campus,” says Seth Porter of ISU facility management. “But between roof leaks and other issues, it was becoming an eyesore.” So, the State of Indiana approved a $16 million renovation project and partnered with architectural firm arcDESIGN to bring the building back to life.

“This renovation will return Normal Hall to its rightful place in the center of campus life,” says ISU President Dan Bradley. “The project will provide a valuable new resource to students while preserving and re-energizing a significant historic structure in the heart of campus.”

Aside from the stately Indiana limestone, the building had to be redone from the foundation to the roof. And the history that makes Normal Hall special also made for unique challenges in the design and renovation process.

They Don’t Build Them Like They Used To

“People will say, ‘They don’t build them like they used to,’” says Greg Miller, project manager from arcDESIGN. And in many cases, “It’s a good thing they don’t!”

Normal Hall has undergone multiple renovations

Normal Hall has undergone multiple renovations since it was completed in 1909, but by 2010, the neo-classical building was largely unoccupied and in need of major structural repairs. Photo: Indiana State University Archive

Normal Hall was originally designed for and used as the university’s central library. At that time in history, after the Civil War and before the 1920s, libraries were built in a certain way. Due to open flames of gas lighting and unreliable supply of electricity, indoor lighting at the time could have been dangerous to a library’s collection. So, libraries were designed to maximize natural light, with plenty of windows, skylights, and even glass floors. Instead of structural walls, Normal Hall’s six levels of bookshelves—or “stacks”—were designed to be structurally self-supporting, independent of the rest of the building.

Miller led the design team through the challenging process of removing the six-level stacks and replacing them with four new floors for offices and building systems. A portion of the stacks system was salvaged and reconstructed, providing the same view patrons would have had more than 100 years ago.

The Biggest Challenge

During construction, crews discovered unstable structural conditions on the north side of the building adjacent to the original six-story stacks system. The entire exterior wall had to be removed and replaced, all while supporting the existing attic and roof nearly 60-feet above the ground floor.

To do this, crews constructed a mammoth 60-foot-high temporary structural system in and through the six-story iron stacks system still in place to support the original attic and roof deck. The north wall was completely removed and reconstructed. Structural steel columns supporting roof trusses were replaced while ends of deteriorated roof trusses were reconstructed in place.

“It was a monumental feat,” Miller says. “It was a great example of teamwork by Indiana State University, design consultants and the contractor.”

The Roof System

For the roof replacement portion of the project, arcDESIGN collaborated with The Garland Company Inc., a leader of high-performance roof and building envelope solutions. Garland worked with local roofing contractor Associated Roofing Professionals (ARP) to install a new modified bitumen roof system with a high albedo coating.

All existing roofing was removed to structure and Garland’s StressPly EUV fiberglass-polyester reinforced, SBS and SIS modified bitumen membrane was installed to provide long-term waterproofing protection.

Associated Roofing Professionals installed a new modified bitumen roof system

Associated Roofing Professionals installed a new modified bitumen roof system manufactured by The Garland Company. After the modified bitumen membrane was installed, the roof was then coated with Garland’s Pyramic white, nontoxic, reflective acrylic coating. Photo: The Garland Company Inc.

The roof was then coated with Garland’s Pyramic white, nontoxic, acrylic coating, which helps preserve asphaltic or modified bitumen surfaces and significantly reduces under-roof temperatures to create a more energy-efficient environment.

“ISU has a strong commitment to the environment, and we were able to help them achieve their performance goals while also contributing to LEED credits with our environmentally-conscious products,” explains Rick Ryherd, area manager for Garland.

The largest—and brightest—rehabilitation involved the stained-glass dome atop Normal Hall. The original dome had deteriorated so extensively that, by the middle of the 20th century, the remaining glass panels were completely removed and the dome was completely hidden. A suspended plaster ceiling sealed off the once grand rotunda. “Imagine just a skeleton, an empty dome with only the ribs visible,” said Miller.

The dome restoration began with historic photos, documents and forensic analysis. The glass art featured distinguished educators and philosophers. Some of the original stained-glass panels were recovered from the building, whiles others had to be recreated. Conrad Schmitt Studios, in Wisconsin, restored the stained glass to its former glory. With the stained glass restored, rehab on the rotunda continued. Inside Normal Hall, the rotunda mural was restored and more than 140 light bulb sockets were re-wired to light the dome. Above the dome, a new 40-foot octagonal skylight was installed, along with supplemental lighting. Below the rotunda, 20 original columns that stretch through the open hall were restored with scagliola and paint finishes.

The crew worked to save original hardware and finishes that hadn’t already been lost to time. They were able to restore and replicate plaster moldings and cornices, save original wood doors and casings, and restore the grand marble and bronze staircase. “The general contractor did a great job preserving the historic detail with the extra time they put into restoring this building,” notes Porter.

The Future of Normal Hall

With all the time and effort put into preserving the history, the team did not forget to focus on the future of Normal Hall. The team, starting with arcDESIGN, incorporated the old and the new seamlessly.

The north exterior wall had to be removed

The north exterior wall had to be removed and replaced, so crews constructed a 60-foot-high temporary structure to support the existing attic and roof. Photo: Greg Miller, arcDESIGN.

For starters, Miller said the design was intended to respect but not imitate the building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Rather, he said, “the design clearly communicates original versus new construction to patrons.” Miller consulted experts from the team, from historians to a representative from the roofing manufacturer to gather the full scope of the project.

Today, the original stately limestone structure is accentuated by the addition, comprised predominantly of glass and Indiana limestone. The addition houses functional requirements such as stairs, elevators, restrooms and mechanical services, maximizing use of the historic interior spaces.

The renovation was planned and constructed to achieve LEED Certification by the USGBC. Renovation included new HVAC systems utilizing the university’s existing central steam heating plant that runs on natural gas. LED lighting throughout is an energy efficient replacement for the building, originally built with combination gas and electric light fixtures.

100 Years in the Making

Re-dedicated in October 2015, Normal Hall is back in action at the center of campus as home to the university’s Center for Student Success and numerous tutors, counselors and mentors. Below the rotunda, more than 100 years after the building opened its doors, students gather in the university Reading Room and Gallery modeled after the original hall when it opened to students in 1909.

TEAM

Architect: arcDESIGN, Indianapolis, Arcdesign.us
General Contractor: Weddle Brothers Construction, Evansville, Ind., Weddlebros.com
Roofing Contractor: Associated Roofing Professionals, Terre Haute, Ind.
Roof System Manufacturer: The Garland Company Inc., Garlandco.com

Published at Tue, 03 Oct 2017 13:00:29 +0000

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Meet Jordan Barker of Barker Roofing, Inc. – the First Winner of National Nail’s STINGER CH38-2 Cap Hammer Giveaway

Meet Jordan Barker of Barker Roofing, Inc. – the First Winner of National Nail’s STINGER CH38-2 Cap Hammer Giveaway

The company is celebrating their 2017 Pro Tool Innovation Award, by giving away a FREE STINGER CH38-2 Cap Hammer weekly.

Did you ever hear the phrase that when you put something out to the universe, it will answer? In Jordan Barker’s case, his answer from the universe was winning a STINGER Nail CH38-2 Cap Hammer from National Nail.

Sounds kind of corny, maybe, but here is what Jordan had to say when we spoke with him recently on the phone. “Not even two weeks ago, my foreman was telling me he sure wished that he had the STINGER Nail Cap Hammer again,” explained Jordan. “We had that same exact model previously but unfortunately we broke it.”

Jordan said he was visiting RoofersCoffeeShop.com and saw the contest to win the tool so he entered. He never thought he would win. “I was a little shocked, I don’t win anything ever!” he said.

Jordan is the owner and founder of Barker Roofing, Inc. in Ontario, Canada, a family business that he started in 2004 to serve the Kitchener – Waterloo area and surrounding areas including Cambridge, Listowel, and Kincardine. Barker Roofing, Inc. does both commercial and residential roofing with more of their work being asphalt shingles.

They were voted the best roofing company in the area for the last two years and most likely will win that recognition again this year. Jordan says that his company prides itself on quality and integrity and has since 2004, when it was formed. They strive to go above and beyond in everything they do. In fact, Jordan said he received a compliment from a customer who was returning to the house with groceries and some of his crew stopped roofing to help her carry the groceries.

Quality and integrity is also why he maintains his GAF certified contractor status. “I’ve been GAF certified from the beginning,” explained Jordan. “I’ve used their product for 13 years and never have had a problem with it. The support they give to my company is phenomenal. No other manufacturer offers that level of training and testing for my team.”

Continued growth and education is important for the Barker Roofing, Inc. team. “We always want to keep learning and differentiating ourselves,” Jordan said. It’s one of the reasons he likes RoofersCoffeeShop.com so much.  “I enjoy reading a lot of the articles because they are very insightful and give me new ideas. There’s information on health and safety, or tips for running the business better. I really like to see the projects guys have worked on or hear how they are dealing with frustrations that they may have.”

Jordan said he appreciates the resource that RCS give him related to the industry. “There is no real resource out there that discusses the issues that specifically apply to our trade. We are often looked down on, so it’s nice to have a resource to help give us a level of professionalism.”

Congrats to Jordan on his win! Don’t worry, the contest isn’t over yet! To celebrate their recent 2017 Pro Tool Innovation Award, they are giving away a FREE STINGER CH38-2 Cap Hammer every week. Enter to win yours today.

Published at Tue, 03 Oct 2017 03:08:23 +0000

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Meet Jordan Barker of Barker Roofing, Inc. – the First Winner of National Nail’s STINGER CH38-2 Cap Hammer Giveaway

Meet Jordan Barker of Barker Roofing, Inc. – the First Winner of National Nail’s STINGER CH38-2 Cap Hammer Giveaway

The company is celebrating their 2017 Pro Tool Innovation Award, by giving away a FREE STINGER CH38-2 Cap Hammer weekly.

Did you ever hear the phrase that when you put something out to the universe, it will answer? In Jordan Barker’s case, his answer from the universe was winning a STINGER Nail CH38-2 Cap Hammer from National Nail.

Sounds kind of corny, maybe, but here is what Jordan had to say when we spoke with him recently on the phone. “Not even two weeks ago, my foreman was telling me he sure wished that he had the STINGER Nail Cap Hammer again,” explained Jordan. “We had that same exact model previously but unfortunately we broke it.”

Jordan said he was visiting RoofersCoffeeShop.com and saw the contest to win the tool so he entered. He never thought he would win. “I was a little shocked, I don’t win anything ever!” he said.

Jordan is the owner and founder of Barker Roofing, Inc. in Ontario, Canada, a family business that he started in 2004 to serve the Kitchener – Waterloo area and surrounding areas including Cambridge, Listowel, and Kincardine. Barker Roofing, Inc. does both commercial and residential roofing with more of their work being asphalt shingles.

They were voted the best roofing company in the area for the last two years and most likely will win that recognition again this year. Jordan says that his company prides itself on quality and integrity and has since 2004, when it was formed. They strive to go above and beyond in everything they do. In fact, Jordan said he received a compliment from a customer who was returning to the house with groceries and some of his crew stopped roofing to help her carry the groceries.

Quality and integrity is also why he maintains his GAF certified contractor status. “I’ve been GAF certified from the beginning,” explained Jordan. “I’ve used their product for 13 years and never have had a problem with it. The support they give to my company is phenomenal. No other manufacturer offers that level of training and testing for my team.”

Continued growth and education is important for the Barker Roofing, Inc. team. “We always want to keep learning and differentiating ourselves,” Jordan said. It’s one of the reasons he likes RoofersCoffeeShop.com so much.  “I enjoy reading a lot of the articles because they are very insightful and give me new ideas. There’s information on health and safety, or tips for running the business better. I really like to see the projects guys have worked on or hear how they are dealing with frustrations that they may have.”

Jordan said he appreciates the resource that RCS give him related to the industry. “There is no real resource out there that discusses the issues that specifically apply to our trade. We are often looked down on, so it’s nice to have a resource to help give us a level of professionalism.”

Congrats to Jordan on his win! Don’t worry, the contest isn’t over yet! To celebrate their recent 2017 Pro Tool Innovation Award, they are giving away a FREE STINGER CH38-2 Cap Hammer every week. Enter to win yours today.

Published at Tue, 03 Oct 2017 03:08:23 +0000

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Military Goes Metal with DECRA

Military Goes Metal with DECRA

29 Palms Military Housing Get DECRA Metal Roofing.

The desert is a difficult place to build and work; there are physical and environmental challenges to overcome. In the desert environment of 29 Palms, the military was tearing down old housing and building new homes for personnel. Since this is a military installation there were added challenges.

The first challenge was the environment. The desert of 29 Palms experiences high winds over 90 mph. Because of their unique interlocking design, DECRA panels have a 120 mph wind warranty, and have been tested to a velocity of 150 mph. Furthermore, the interlocking panels provide protection from the elements.

Steel is strong and lightweight. DECRA panels weigh only 125 – 150 pounds per square installed. The lightweight, easy to install characteristics of DECRA panels were important to the health and safety of the installation crew; dehydration and exhaustion are a constant concern in the heat of the desert. The lightweight panels were easy to carry up the roof, but strong enough to permit other trades to work on the roof without damage.

An added benefit of DECRA Tile & Shake is the ability for batten installation. A recent study out of Oak Ridge National Labs confirms that the air space created by a batten installation helps reduce heat build up in attics, and prevent it from moving into the conditioned space; a true benefit for a desert climate. Although the DECRA Villa Tile used in the 29 Palms project is a true barrel tile and is installed Direct to Deck, it allows for a 3 inch airspace. This airspace acts much like the installation used for DECRA Tile and Shake, allowing for airspace to help prevent heat build up in attic space.

DECRA Roofing Systems profiles require little to no maintenance, are fire safe, are attractive in appearance and enhance overall curb appeal. Also, all of the DECRA Roofing Systems steel panels meets sustainability requirements for the military.

Learn more at www.decra.com.

Published at Mon, 02 Oct 2017 20:39:25 +0000

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Different Types of Residential Roofing Materials

With all the choices readily available today, it would be smarter to take some time to really find your the ideal material to use for your roof. This is not a inconsequential matter since you’ll have to live under that very roof for the better part of your life.

There are different types of roofing materials available in the market today. In choosing the perfect one for your home, factors such as the environment, weather conditions in your locality, aesthetic value and budget are the primary considerations to keep in mind. Although in building your very own abode, every nook and cranny should be deliberated meticulously, your roof should be given topmost importance. So, to aid you in your quest for that perfect roof, here are the different types of roofing materials commonly used today.

Asphalt shingles is the most popular roofing material in the United States. The massive production and relatively low application cost of asphalt shingles makes it tougher for other different types of roofing materials to match. Available in different colors and designs, homeowners will have greater chances to find one that will suit their taste and preferences. The main drawbacks to asphalt shingles is the constant need for maintenance and routine check ups to monitor cracked shingles that needs replacement. It is also highly advisable not to paint asphalt shingles, as this will significantly contribute to the rate of deterioration.

The slate is considered shatterproof but usually more expensive than the other different types of roofing materials available in the market today. Most slate roofs come with a 50-year warranty, primarily designed to be lightweight and resistant to adverse weather conditions.

Metals are another alternative for roofing materials. Commonly used in commercial structures, some residential owners have chosen this material for its longevity, durability and aesthetic value. There are basically two types of metal roofing products: panels and shingles. Metal shingles are designed to simulate the traditional roof coverings such as the wood shakes, tiles and shingles. Metal roofs are known to significantly reduce energy bills since they are good insulators. However the downside of using metal roofing materials is their susceptibility to denting.

Tile roofing would be a brilliant addition to your home. They are typically made from clay, slate or concrete and come in different shapes and sizes. Among the different types of roofing materials, tiles are the only ones that come with a lifetime warranty. The sheer resiliency of tile roofs can even resist intense heat and earthquakes. Since it is made out of a dense material, the total weight of your roof can be quite heavy. You would need to have some structural reinforcements to support the added load. However, there are lightweight alternatives that actually look and perform like the real thing.

For more information on residential roofing you can visit: 

www.giuffrecontracting.com

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Cordless Concrete Nailer

Cordless Concrete Nailer

TOWSON, Md — DEWALT launched the new 20V MAX* Cordless Concrete Nailer (DCN890), an operationally gas-free nailer designed for use in concrete and steel applications. Running on a DEWALT 20V MAX* battery, this tool eliminates the need for fuel cells and provides a consistent, powerful alternative that operates on the user’s existing battery platform. The nailer is ideal for commercial framing and tracking, mechanical and electrical installations, and both insulation surface prep applications.

As a fully-electric tool, the 20V MAX* Cordless Concrete Nailer resolves several frustrations identified in gas concrete nailers. The inconvenience of maintaining and storing fuel cells on the jobsite is now eliminated and the fully-electric tool has a wider operable temperature and altitude range. Additionally, the fully-electric design also makes the tool highly consistent and easily serviceable.

Published at Mon, 02 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000

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Metal Roofing System Is the Answer for Rocky Mountain Home Retrofit

Metal Roofing System Is the Answer for Rocky Mountain Home Retrofit

When it came time to replace the roof on this Colorado

When it came time to replace the roof on this Colorado custom home, the owner wanted a roof system that would look good and stand up to the elements. He chose the Riva Classic Copper Shingle from Vail Metal Systems. Photos: Vail Metal Systems

When the owner of a home situated in the Rocky Mountains was faced with replacing his 10,000-square-foot roof, he had a daunting set of criteria. He wanted a roof that would last longer and look better than the wood shake roof he had in place. He also wanted a roof that would be fire resistant, and one that would stand up to the elements in this harsh environment, as the home was situated high above the ski areas of Vail and Aspen in Colorado.

The elevation of this home is almost 10,000 feet, and snow loads are a major concern, as are high winds and exposure to ultraviolet rays. The homeowner needed a durable roof system that was designed for the Rocky Mountains, one that would add value to his investment.

He found the answer in Vail Metal Roof Systems. The product was originally developed in the Vail area more than 20 years ago by David Plath and his partners at Plath Construction for just these sorts of issues. “At the time, the roofs in Vail were failing in 15 to 20 years,” Plath remembers. “Maintenance cost were a huge, chronic problem for all types of roofing except cedar shakes. Clay tile was breaking at catastrophic rates. Copper standing seam roofs were being destroyed by sliding snow and ice dropping from upper roofs.”

Once installed, the copper panels

Once installed, the copper panels have an exposure that is 32 inches wide by 11 inches tall. Panels are held in place with clips that are fastened to the substrate, allowing for expansion and contraction. Photos: Vail Metal Systems

Plath’s goal was to develop a metal shingle product that was efficient to install, needed little or no maintenance, and could be priced competitively with standing seam metal roof systems. He came up with a metal shingle concept comprised of a folded panel 37.125 inches long and 13.5 inches wide, designed to look like four individual shingles side by side. When the product is installed, the exposure is 32 inches wide by 11 inches tall.

“I chose the metal shingle design because of its long history, with evidence of copper shingle roofs lasting centuries,” Plath recalls. “The copper shingle design was first tested in the winter of 1994. Our design didn’t invent metal shingle roofing, of course, but we did find a way to create a product with four metal shingles per panel. They were indistinguishable from custom, handmade metal shingles made by master craftsman.”

The Riva Series metal shingle has developed a history of meeting the needs of area homeowners since its invention, according to Plath. The company offers the product in copper and zinc, as well as steel and aluminum substrates pre-painted with PVDF coating systems in a variety of solid colors and print-coated patterns. “The durability of the roof system has been proven over many years with hundreds of installations, and we have a track record second to none in meeting these types of vigorous needs,” he says.

Replacing the Roof

For the Rocky Mountain retrofit project, the Riva Classic Copper Shingle was chosen. The original roof system had an insulation value of R-39, and the goal was to keep the house well insulated while installing the new roof system. This required a highly trained installer for the new roof, and no one had more experience than Plath Construction, the company originally co-founded by David Plath and now run by current owners Alberto Ortega and Francisco Castillo.

Ortega and Castillo worked in conjunction with Schaeffer Hyde Construction, the general contractor on the home when it was originally built. Rob Faucett of Schaeffer Hyde Construction was the project manager on the roof replacement project.

Photos: Vail Metal Systems

Photos: Vail Metal Systems

After the old roof was removed, the Vail Metal Roof system was installed. A layer of Grace Ice and Water Guard was applied to the deck, and new copper flashings and metal panels were installed per the manufacturer’s specifications. Clips were used to fasten the panels to the substrate and still allow for expansion and contraction. On this project, ridge vents were installed to control moisture buildup from the interior of the building.

The home was built with natural stone in a gorgeous landscape, and the homeowner wanted a roof system that would blend well with these architectural elements and make a strong statement as it stood up to the tough conditions. He found the right answer in the Riva Classic Copper Shingle, and he is pleased with the aesthetics and the performance of the roof, according to Plath.

At one time the product was licensed to another company, but Plath was recently thrilled to announce he is personally involved with Vail metal shingles once again as the owner of Vail Metal Systems. “Our customers love the product,” Plath says, “We have testimonials unlike anything I’ve ever heard throughout my career. It’s been my dream to manufacture this product and make it available to the industry, and relaunching Vail Metal Systems is the perfect retirement plan for a guy that doesn’t know when to slow down.”

TEAM

General Contractor: Shaeffer Hyde Construction, Avon, Colo., Shaefferhyde.com
Roofing Contractor: Plath Construction Inc., Eagle, Colo., Plathroofing.com
Metal Roof System Manufacturer: Vail Metal Systems, VailMetal.com

Published at Mon, 02 Oct 2017 20:00:01 +0000

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Save the Date: CRCA is Having Their 35th Trade Show & Seminars

Save the Date: CRCA is Having Their 35th Trade Show & Seminars

Mark your calendars for January 18 – 19, 2018; registration opens in November for the CRCA 35th Trade Show & Seminars.

Hillside, IL – Save the date for the 35th Annual Chicago Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA) Trade Show & Seminars, January 18-19, 2018. Continuing Education Units are available for attendees. The two-day event will include seminars, as well as over 130 manufacturer and suppliers displaying, demonstrating and promoting the newest products and technology in the roofing and waterproofing industry.

The Roofing and Waterproofing Industry Breakfast on Thursday, January 18, 2018 opens Roofing Week in Chicago. This popular industry event is FREE to Roof Consultants, Specifiers, Building Owners & Managers and Code Officials with a nominal charge for contractors, manufacturers and distributors to attend. Entrance to the exhibition hall and the remaining seminars is FREE. Watch www.CRCA.org for seminar information and registration, which will open in November 2017.

Exhibit floor hours are: Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The exhibit hall is open again Friday, January 19, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please watch www.crca.org for a full event schedule or contact CRCA at (708) 449-3340.

About CRCA
CRCA is a local trade association of roofing and waterproofing contractors along with manufacturer and supplier members in the greater Chicagoland area, dedicated to the industry through education, training and maintaining a high standard of professionalism throughout the trade. Learn more at www.crca.org.

Published at Sun, 01 Oct 2017 17:16:29 +0000

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Western Specialty Contractors Branches Serve as Staging Locations for Gulf Coast Disaster Recovery Services

Western Specialty Contractors Branches Serve as Staging Locations for Gulf Coast Disaster Recovery Services

ST. LOUIS — Losing a structure or building to an unforeseen natural disaster, such as flooding or the recent hurricanes in Florida and Texas, can be devastating to the owner and its tenants.

The decision to move forward with repairs may not come quickly, but when it does, facility managers and owners should work with a specialty contractor experienced in disaster recovery to get the job done correctly and efficiently.  Western Specialty Contractors’ branch offices in Atlanta, Ga.; Houston and San Antonio, Texas and Orlando, Fla. have been helping companies recover from natural disasters on the Gulf Coast for over 50 years.

“Bringing a building or structure back to life in the case of a natural disaster takes a certain level of experience and skill,” said Chester Scott, branch manager of Western’s Atlanta branch. “Special skills are needed to properly assess the damage, develop a recovery plan and initiate the restoration or take steps to mitigate further loss.”

Disaster recovery services provided by Western Specialty Contractors include:

  • Building exterior stabilization
  • Emergency building enclosure
  • Roofing repair and replacement
  • Window boarding, repair and replacement
  • Interior demolition
  • General clean up
  • Masonry and concrete repair
  • Historic restoration

When Hurricane Katrina, one of the five deadliest and costliest hurricanes in the history of the United States, struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, Western Specialty Contractors was there to help.

South Shore Harbour Marina features one of the largest boat slips near the New Orleans Lakefront Airport overlooking Lake Pontchartrain. Hurricane Katrina left the covered slips unusable and virtually unrecognizable. Western crews worked to remove any remaining damaged panels and purlins and completely replaced the outer skin of the slips (approximately 30,000 square feet) with interlocking Berridge Zee-Lock panels. Western also replaced the guard house that overlooked the harbor with a new modular version and made renovations to the public restroom and oil containment facilities, which all suffered severe wind and flood damage during the hurricane.

That same year, Western Specialty Contractors came to the rescue of Florida-based Ardaman & Associates after they noticed some leaking windows in their building, resulting from the recent hurricane activity.

Western crews came out and surveyed the building before making a recommendation to re-seal all of the glass-to-glass, metal-to-glass and metal-to-concrete window joints throughout the entire building. The result was a watertight building and a happy owner.

For more information, visit westernspecialtycontractors.com.

Published at Mon, 02 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000

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New Roof and Building Upgrades Provide Security for Florida Day Care Center

New Roof and Building Upgrades Provide Security for Florida Day Care Center

The Joseph Caleb Center

The Joseph Caleb Center received a building envelope upgrade that included a new modified bitumen roof for the low-slope sections and a new standing seam metal roof on steep-slope sections at the perimeter. Photos: Polyglass USA Inc.

The Joseph Caleb Center in Miami caters to a very young clientele, but the building housing the early childhood education center was definitely showing its age. The existing roof was failing, the concrete walls were cracked, and the window seals were broken. The restoration project was a complicated one, with several roof and wall systems that had to be tied in together. Luckily, that’s just the type of project Errol Portuondo likes. Portuondo is the owner of Florida Building & Supply in Miami, which focuses primarily on commercial restoration and re-roofing projects. The company restored the building, topping it with a new self-adhered, modified bitumen roof system and crowning it with a standing seam metal roof around the perimeter.

“We handle the whole envelope,” Portuondo notes. “That’s what sets us apart. That’s our niche. We like to go into these projects that have four, five, six items—the kind of projects other companies avoid. Most people like to handle the easy stuff—get in and get out. We like to tackle the harder type projects that require a lot of thinking.”

Complicated Scope of Work

The project required a roof system that was Energy Star rated and would comply with South Florida’s requirements for high velocity hurricane zones. Furthermore, the building would remain open during the roofing installation process, so the roof system could not give off any fumes or volatile organic compounds (VOCs). A self-adhered modified bitumen roof system from Polyglass USA Inc. was chosen for the flat roof sections because of its high reflectivity, durability, and ease of installation, as well as the lack of any odor.

The existing roof consisted of a mechanically attached modified system surrounded by a standing seam metal roof. Florida Building & Supply first removed the metal roof system, as it partially covered the flat roof. After the steep-slope sections were dried in with 30-pound felt and Englert MetalMan HT self-adhered underlayment, crews began to tear off the old modified system. Everything was removed down to the lightweight insulating concrete (LWIC) that had been installed over the metal deck.

The day care center

The day care center was open during the restoration project, so the safety plan included moving the children’s playground during the roof installation. Photos: Polyglass USA Inc.

The specification called for adhering polyiso insulation directly to the lightweight with OlyBond 500 adhesive from OMG Roofing Products, so making sure the LWIC was in good shape was crucial. Core samples were taken of the roof and subjected to a series of adhesion and compression tests required by the county. “We passed all of the tests and got all of the approvals regarding the lightweight, and we installed the insulation and the Polyglass system on top of that,” Portuondo says. “We like using that system because it is easy to install and allows us to salvage the lightweight. It also gives you really great uplift resistance.”

Crews installed tapered polyiso insulation manufactured by Hunter Panels to a custom-designed layout provided by ABC Supply Co. Insulation ranged in thickness from more than 5 inches to a minimum of 1 ½ inches. After the existing roof system was removed, Portuondo realized that the deck could not be penetrated without potentially damaging the structure, affecting the placement of emergency overflows. “Some of the existing buildings weren’t designed like they are today, so you have to work with the existing drains and make sure you can take care of the water through emergency overflows if any drains should get clogged,” he says.

After the insulation was installed, the 20,000-square-foot low-slope section was ready for the Polyglass three-ply, self-adhered modified bitumen roof system. Elastoflex SA V, a self-adhered SBS modified bitumen membrane, was used for the base and interply sheets. The surface layer consisted of Polyfresko G SA, a white, self-adhered APP modified bitumen cap sheet manufactured with CURE Technology, a thin-film technology designed to improve the membrane’s durability, UV and stain resistance, and granule adhesion.

“What we like about the self-adhered system is that you can move on the roof quick and clean,” Portuondo says. “Sometimes the intake of the mechanical units is up on the roof, and with a hot asphalt application, you have to be careful with any fumes. That’s not a consideration with the self-adhered system. It’s very clean and very fast, especially if you are about to get a rainstorm. You can get a barrier installed very quickly on the roof as opposed to hot asphalt or a torch system.”

Details, Details

Once the new low-slope roof was installed, work began on the new standing seam metal roof manufactured by Englert. Tying in the metal roof with the modified roof was relatively easy, according to Portuondo, but other details were more problematic.

The last steps included perimeter metal trim and gutters. “We work closely with the manufacturers based on their inspection process and when there are certain details,” notes Portuondo. “In this specific project, there were a lot of details.”

Waterproofing the skylights

Waterproofing the skylights was tricky, as the glass extended under the metal roof and ended just a few inches from the new modified bitumen roof system. In these sections, Polyflash 2C, an odor free, fluid-applied flashing system from Polyglass, was used. Photos: Polyglass USA Inc.

Florida Building & Supply also handled repairing and painting the perimeter of the building. Hairline fractures in the concrete block walls were repaired with epoxy injections prior to painting. Crews also re-caulked and waterproofed all of the windows and skylights, including glass walls that extended under the metal roof at the top and ended at the bottom just a few inches from the modified roof system.

“That tie-in was very difficult because by the time you ended your base flashings for the modified, you were right at the glazing,” Portuondo says. “For those areas, the only solution was the Polyglass Polyflash 2C kit.” Polyflash 2C is an odor free, fluid-applied flashing system that is UV-stable.

Setting up the plan of attack in advance was crucial, notes Portuondo, but with any older building, you have to be ready to adapt as the job progresses. “You don’t really know structurally what you’re going to run into until you start to tear off,” he says. “Sometimes what you find under the roof turns out to be different than you expected, and you have to make changes in the field.”

Safety is always the top concern for both employees and members of the public, notes Portuondo. “We moved the playground area and set up a safety perimeter fence,” he explains. “We made sure the children would not be harmed while we were installing the roof, so that was a logistical problem.”

The company is used to overcoming logistical problems. “Our forte is re-roofing existing buildings, and so they are always active,” he says. “We strive to do quality work and stay on top of everything. We’ve just been doing this for so long that we know what we’re doing.”

Published at Mon, 02 Oct 2017 17:00:05 +0000

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