New Roof Secures Child Development Center Against New England Winters

Photos: The Garland Company, Inc.

Snow, rain and precipitation are no strangers to Bangor, Maine, where the average annual snowfall is 66 inches. For Bangor Housing Authority’s Elsie C. Coffey Child Development Center, a secure roof means safety from the wear, tear and moisture of a New England winter and protection for children both in the building and out on the adjacent playground. As maintaining a deteriorating roof and constantly replacing shingles proved costly and ineffective, Director of Construction and Asset Management Bob Rhodes and Project Coordinator Shane Vanidestine decided it was time for a more permanent solution.

The roof required a revitalization. Goals for the project included choosing the best materials to secure the roof, which features multiple hips and valleys that would demand extra attention to detail and creative installation methods.

Because the facility is a child care center, special efforts also had to be made to protect the safety and comfort of students, parents and faculty. So, in addition to the creative and meticulous efforts in creating a stunning and effective roof design, there was even more emphasis on completing the project with minimal disruption to the daily routine of the center.

The Solution

To combat the leaks and cope with the difficult roof design, contracting company Elite Roofing and Restoration combined the forces of Garland’s R-Mer Span and S-5! SnoFence. R-Mer Span metal panels were retrofitted over the existing shingles to reduce waste and prevent any debris from falling onto the playground behind the daycare. This allowed the project to be completed without any disruption to the school’s hours or play time.

Rhodes and Vanidestine knew the metal roof system was their best option, as it would provide a long life span with minimal maintenance. “The products chosen are a cost-saver for the future,” says Rhodes. R-Mer Span ensures a sleek and watertight design for the roof and is tested to protect against the most extreme weather events. For complete protection, SnoFence bars were attached directly to the metal to retain snow and allow it to melt on its own without falling off in dangerous chunks, while R-Mer Span panels keep moisture and precipitation from leaking into the building.

The unique design of the roof called for greater detail in preparation and installation. The hips and valleys of the roof design required most panels to undergo two cuts. To strengthen the seams and combat the weight of ice and snow, R-Mer Span’s I-Span clips were utilized above the valleys. Despite being a slower process, this installation was a highlight among the customers. Rhodes spoke of the preparation preceding installation: “Architects dream of making a design such as this, and we were confident leaving this to Garland and the engineering staff, despite its difficulties. After this, all of our other projects will be a breeze.”

Rhodes and Vanidestine not only understood these products to be a cost-saver for the future, but also knew that R-Mer Span and SnoFence bars would drastically improve their maintenance efforts. Now, R-Mer Span panels will keep the roof strong and watertight, SnoFence bars will alleviate the looming threat of falling snow and ice, and the community will be able to focus on enjoying the positive aspects of New England winters. As an added bonus, the striking sea mist-colored R-Mer Span panels complement the unique architecture and design of the roof.

TEAM

Contractor: Elite Roofing & Restoration, Middlefield, Connecticut, www.eliterrllc.com

MATERIALS

Metal Roof System: R-Mer Span, Garland, www.garlandco.com

Snow Retention: SnoFence, S5!, www.s-5.com

IIBEC Joins U.S. Department of Energy Building Envelope Campaign as Supporter

IIBEC has joined with other industry leaders including the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) as an organizing partner of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Envelope Campaign. The goals of the Building Envelope Campaign are to:

  • Motivate action and increase awareness of the value of investing in high-performance building enclosure technologies for both new and existing commercial buildings.
  • Recognize leaders adopting and achieving high performing building enclosure systems.
  • Demonstrate and document energy and cost savings with integrated design, construction, commissioning, and maintenance from implementation of high performing enclosure systems.

IIBEC members are encouraged to participate in the Building Envelope Campaign by entering basic enclosure design criteria about projects (new construction or retrofit) into an ORNL-developed online tool. Enclosure improvements that show certain percentages of reduced energy performance are eligible for awards and recognition.

A detailed explanation of the program is available here: https://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov/webinars/unsealed-building-envelope-campaign

More information can be found at https://ec.ornl.gov. Please contact Emily Lorenz, IIBEC senior director of technical services, at elorenz@iibec.org to learn how to get involved.

For more information, visit https://iibec.org

Community Center Sparkles With New Metal Roof

The community center was re-roofed using a structural sub-framing system from Roof Hugger that allowed the existing metal roofing to remain in place while the new roof system was installed above it. Photos: Roof Hugger, LLC

Just down the road from Pigeon Forge, Gallatin, Dollywood and other popular attractions in the Smokie Mountains is the thriving community of Sevierville, Tennessee. This beautiful mountain town has a community center and a civic center that hosts multiple events throughout the year. The community center is housed in a 1985 vintage metal building manufactured by American Buildings. Due to its age, the building recently underwent a complete re-roofing with metal in a process commonly known as a metal-over-metal retrofit. The building was originally constructed using American’s trapezoidal standing seam profile, so the decision was made to utilize a structural sub-framing system furnished by Roof Hugger, LLC. This type of retrofit allows the existing metal roofing to remain in place. The structural sub-framing is installed over the existing roof and then a new metal roof system is installed, which becomes the finished weathering surface.

The local community leaders were not new to this type of re-roofing for aged metal roofs because of their experience with a 2017 project at Lanier Elementary School in nearby Maryville. This project was designed by Chuck Howard of Metal Roof Consultants (MRC) from Cary, North Carolina, the same company selected for the community center re-roof. MRC has years of experience with retrofit roofing of existing metal roofs, as well flat roofs that receive an engineered light-gauge steel framing system to create a sloped roof plane. On the community center project, MRC consulted with Doyle E. Jones of Sevierville, the architect and roof consultant on the Lanier Elementary project.

Morristown Roofing was awarded the community center project through a public bid process in early 2019. Founded in 1962 by the late Paul Horner, Morristown Roofing now has a footprint of quality roofs in six states throughout the Southeast. With an overall staff of about 55 employees, the company installs all types of roofing from single-ply membranes to metal. The company’s motto: “No project is too large, nor too small for Morristown Roofing.”

According to Ashley Horner of Morristown Roofing, this project was only the company’s second Roof Hugger installation. The job went smoothly, even with the building’s roof geometry having had sloped rakes, varying slopes, multiple valleys and other difficult transitions. Horner went on to say the Roof Hugger product has the ability to increase snow loading and has little to no impact on the occupants of the building. It also helps control the contractor’s liability by eliminating the need to remove the existing metal roof. In addition, with existing trapezoidal metal roofs that are notorious for varying center-to-center major rib spacing, the Roof Hugger sub-purlin design compensates for this issue. Factory oversize notching of the Z-shaped sub-purlin’s vertical web permits easy installation directly over the existing roof panel high ribs, allowing for base flange attachment into the existing purlins. The result is a structurally correct, low-profile, finished retrofit framing assembly ready to receive the new metal roof panels.

The project finished out with 54,000 square feet of 24-gauge  System 2500 metal roofing by MRS Metal Roofing Systems, Inc. Approximately 12,720 linear feet of Roof Hugger’s standard Model “D” sub-purlin with a 4.5-inch web height was installed. The new roof included a ColorGard snow retention system manufactured by S-5!

TEAM

Consultant: Metal Roof Consultants (MRC), Cary, North Carolina, www.metalroofconsultants.net

Roofing Contractor: Morristown Roofing, Whitesburg, Tennessee, www.morristownroofing.net

MATERIALS

Structural Sub-Framing: Roof Hugger, LLC, www.roofhugger.com

Metal Roof: System 2500, MRS Metal Roofing Systems Inc.,  www.metalroofingsystems.biz

Snow Retention: ColorGard, S-5!, www.S-5.com

Re-Roof of Busy Post Office Facility Becomes Award-Winning Project

Crews from Roofing Solutions replaced the 300,000-square-foot roof on the United States Post Office General Mail Facility in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Photos: Sam Barnes

The United States Post Office General Mail Facility in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, manages mail for the entire Greater Baton Rouge area. When the roof on the 300,000-square-foot building was nearing the end of its useful life, it was clear the roof replacement project would pose some big challenges. It was a given that the new roof system must prove durable and reliable to protect the mail delivery system that businesses and individuals rely on every day. It was also critical that the re-roofing work would not interfere with mail processing at the facility, which operates around the clock.

Architect Crump Wilson and Wharry Engineering specified an asphalt roofing system for the project — a two-ply modified bitumen system manufactured by SOPREMA. All parties agreed that asphalt was the best roofing solution for the facility due to its longevity, durability, and long-term dependability.

Roofing Solutions, LLC, headquartered in Prairieville, Louisiana, was invited to bid on the project. “We were the successful low bidder,” says Tupac de la Cruz, the company’s founder and operations manager. “When we started working on the planning and phasing, we realized the job was going to be an undertaking because, number one, it was a big-size job, and number two, the facility works 24-7.”

Completing the project without interrupting operations would be the biggest challenge on the project. Crews could not interfere with traffic flow and mail deliveries, and would have to protect people and sensitive machinery inside.

“Before beginning the re-roof project, we were given a full tour of the facility,” de la Cruz says. “It was an eye-opening experience to see the equipment, systems, and personnel that manage the mail delivery process from start to finish. You had to coordinate with the facility manager, the transportation manager, and multiple stakeholders to make sure that you did not interrupt all of the conveyor lines sorting all of the mail coming in and out of that facility every day.”

Working in Sections

The deck was exposed to the interior, increasing the risk of dust falling onto the equipment, so Roofing Solutions crews installed a 6-mm protective film using a Spyder lift. “We installed special sheathing underneath the deck to protect the conveyor systems and all of the equipment,” noted de la Cruz. “We also had to protect the workers and make sure that there was no noise, no dust, or any disruptions from anything to do with the roof replacement.”

Sunbelt Vacuum Service was contracted to remove the rooftop gravel. Then the old built-up plies were then cut up and removed by hand. “We had a metal deck, and we couldn’t put any heavy equipment on it,” de la Cruz recalls.

Work proceeded in sections to ensure everything remained watertight. “You had to cover everything you’d demo the same day,” de la Cruz says. “In the summertime in Louisiana, it can rain almost every afternoon.”

The new roof system included two layers of mechanically attached polyiso insulation, which was topped with SOPRABOARD, an asphaltic cover board, which was adhered with COLPLY adhesive. The two ply system was comprised of a base play and a cap sheet Designers chose SOPREMA’s Solar Granule cap sheet membrane, which provides the benefit of high reflectivity. Torches were not allowed on the project, so the membrane was set in cold adhesive. “Because we could not use any torches, all of the laps for modified bitumen cap had to be sheet welded with a robot like you were doing single-ply,” notes de la Cruz.

The roof system specified for the project was a two-ply modified bitumen system topped with SOPREMA’s Solar Granule cap sheet membrane.

Most of the roof area was clear sailing, but access at the jobsite was limited due to the busy transportation routes. “It was a nice, wide roof,” says del la Cruz. “The hardest part was getting the material from one end of the roof to the other, because we only had access at one point. No motorized vehicles were allowed up there, but we were able to use carts to move material from one end to the other.”

The roof features four large raised sections framed with clerestory windows, and the multiple levels sometimes made moving material difficult. “In some cases, you had to bring the material across one level, bring it up to another level and back down again,” says de la Cruz.

The existing skylights were replaced with new single-slope skylights manufactured by KalWall.

Safety and Security

The safety plan utilized mix of guardrails, perimeter flagging, and safety monitors, depending on the configuration of each section. “We also had to have a flagging man on the bottom to make sure we were not interfering with the 18-wheelers coming in and out with their packages,” de la Cruz says. “The project extended over Thanksgiving and Christmas, and you couldn’t imagine the amount of trucking that goes through that facility during Christmas.”

Making sure everyone was on the same page was crucial. Weekly planning meetings were supplemented with daily huddles. “We met with the facility manager every morning to make sure we let him know where we’d be and what we were going to do that day,” de la Cruz explains, “Every afternoon, we’d let him know what the plan for the next day was so they could plan ahead. It was a very proactive approach.”

The crew, which included 20 men during the peak of the project, usually accomplished 3,000 to 3,500 square feet of demo and roof replacement per day. The project was completed in seven months — three months ahead of schedule.

The project was recognized by the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association as the Silver Award winner in the 2020 ARMA Excellence In Asphalt Roofing Awards program, which recognizes industry professionals for their high-performing steep-slope and low-slope asphalt roofing projects across North America.

“We had such pride in completing that project because it was so large and we had zero injuries, no issues, and the client was very happy. We decided to submit it, and we got the award,” says de la Cruz.

“We finished the project about three months ahead of schedule, and we were able to complete the job with no interruptions to the facility. We knew if we could do that, in the end it would be a successful project.”

For more information about submitting a project for the Excellence in Asphalt Roofing Awards, visit www.asphaltroofing.org.

TEAM

Architect: Crump Wilson, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, www.crumpwilsonarchitects.com

Roof Consultant: Wharry Engineering, Garland, Texas, www.wharry.com

Roofing Contractor: Roofing Solutions LLC, Prairieville, Louisiana, www.roofingsolutionsla.com

MATERIALS

Membrane: SG Solar Granule Cap Sheet, SOPREMA, www.soprema.us

Cover Board: SOPRABOARD, SOPREMA

Skylights: Kalwall, www.kalwall.com

Spray Foam Insulation Offers Improved Performance, Lower Global Warming Potential

ICP Building Solutions Group launches HandiFoam E84 Low GWP, a new, improved performance formulation of the company’s spray foam insulation solution. Available for purchase in 2021, the nonflammable formulation will be fully compliant for use throughout North America, where Canada and several U.S. states will implement regulations phasing out high global warming potential (GWP) blowing agents in low pressure polyurethane spray foams beginning January 1.

“At ICP Building Solutions Group, innovation and sustainability are a part of our everyday business,” said Tim Kenworthy, vice president, insulation, ICP BSG. “We took these impending regulations as an opportunity to improve our polyurethane foam product line, and to help our customers stay ahead of the curve. The new HandiFoam formulation is not only fully compliant, but delivers a range of new benefits we believe can help them sharpen their competitive edge.”

Benefits include:

  • Simplified inventory. By satisfying low-GWP requirements in Canada and certain U.S. states, HandiFoam 84 can help professionals simplify their inventory with a single product formula that can be sold and used anywhere. 
  • Stronger adhesion. HandiFoam E84 Low GWP achieves 30% greater adhesion compared with the current formulation, offering stronger, more reliable performance.
  • Easier curing indication. After application, HandiFoam E84’s color shifts from white to yellow as an indicator of a proper curing profile.
  • Excellent fire rating. HandiFoam E84 Low GWP achieves a 2.5-inch Class 1 fire rating, providing greater application opportunities in certain climate zones. Traditional low pressure spray foams achieve Class 1 fire rating at 2 inches or less.
  • Ergonomic improvements. 105/205-sized kits feature a redesigned ergonomic handle, while 605 kits feature a new box design for easier maneuverability.
  • Spray pattern versatility.  Our flagship ColorWise nozzle technology has improved for greater versatility based on user preference. The nozzle can now be converted from a fan spray to a cone spray by simply snapping off the tip. This patented technology can help a contractor stay efficient.

 “We’ve heard nothing but positive reports from contractors who have trialed this new product’s use, so we’re excited for our professional customers everywhere to get their hands on it,” said Kenworthy.  “At ICP BSG, we take our position as an industry leader seriously, and we’re committed to delivering practical, high-performance products that can help our customers be leaders, too. HandiFoam E84 Low GWP is a part of that commitment.”

HandiFoam E84 Low GWP, like all ICP BSG solutions, is backed by MasterWorks, an exclusive program that offers customers access to expert training, special promotions, and a variety of unique growth tools.

For more information, visit www.icpgroup.com.

Elastomeric Acrylic Roof Coating

Nationwide Protective Coatings introduces PERMASIL PLUS, its newest addition to its lineup of elastomeric roof coatings. PERMASIL PLUS is a matte finish, bright white, elastomeric acrylic silicone, protective roof coating. It is a water-based, high-build formula that possesses Silicone Technology for exceptional water resistance. Using silicone resin along with acrylic resin in a proprietary blend adds extra waterproofing protection to the already impressive performance of the company’s acrylic coatings. PERMASIL PLUS also qualifies for a Class A Fire Rating Test as per ASTM E84-01, NFPA 101 Life Safety Code. 

For more information, visit www.nationwidecoatings.com

GAF Timberline HDZ and Timberline CS Roofing Shingles Earn NSF International Environmental Product Declarations

GAF announced two new Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for its Timberline HDZ and Timberline CS Shingles. NSF International recognized both residential roofing solutions for cradle-to-grave excellence, underscoring GAF’s growing commitment to transparency and sustainability in its products that support green building.

“Product transparency is a key factor in delivering new and innovative building materials with a focus on sustainability, and we’re proud to see our GAF Timberline HDZ and CS shingles receive these environmental product declarations from NSF,” said Jeff Terry, Vice President of CSR and Sustainability at GAF. “Helping build a more sustainable world begins with greener building, and we’re committed to supporting the building and design community with innovative and more sustainable products.”

GAF holds a combined 45 environmental product declarations/certifications across its portfolio of residential and commercial roofing solutions from NSF International and Underwriters Laboratories (UL). The lifecycle assessment process for EPD certifications plays a key role in helping GAF better understand the environmental impact of its products, and inform new approaches in manufacturing green building solutions.

Visit Sustainable Minds’ Transparency Catalog to view the portfolio of GAF EPD certifications, and to learn more about GAF’s growing focus on sustainability, please visit www.GAF.com/sustainability

For more information about the company, visit www.gaf.com.

ABC Supply Co. Inc. Opens New Location in Massachusetts

ABC Supply Co. Inc. has opened a new location at 115 East Howard St. in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Joe Camara manages the new location. Camara began his career with ABC Supply in 2007 as an outside sales representative for the Fall River, Massachusetts, location, helping contractors expand and grow their businesses. 

“We’re excited about the opening of our Quincy branch, which will allow us to meet the growing demands for building products and support in the Greater Boston area,” said Tom Kuchan, vice president of ABC Supply’s Northeast Region. “Joe and his team will do a great job of ensuring that area contractors get the support they need to make their jobs easier.”

Branch hours are 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT, Monday through Friday, and 7:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. The phone number is (617) 691-1345. Contractors can also place and review orders and track deliveries online using myABCsupply.

For more information, visit www.abcsupply.com.

New Safety Helmets Designed for Comfort and Protection

Malta Dynamics announces the release of its new safety helmets, which feature an innovative design that aims to maximize both safety and comfort on the jobsite. The new Malta Dynamics Safety Helmets meet ANSI Z89.1-2014 Type 1 Class C standards and can optionally come equipped with an attached clear or tinted visor.

The Malta Dynamics Safety Helmet features sliding adjustable vents to help with air circulation. The helmet’s six-point suspension system and adjustable chin strap improve comfort and provide greater protection in the event of an impact or fall. The low-profile design allows a more secure fit that sits lower on the crown of your head, which provides better coverage and makes wearing the helmet more comfortable than a higher-profile sitting hard hat.

“We’re excited to introduce our new safety helmet that offers a fantastic mix of protection and comfort,” says Damian Lang, owner and CEO of Malta Dynamics. “Because we use these products ourselves, we know how important it is for PPE to fit comfortably when you wear it around a jobsite all day. Workers have to be comfortable wearing it so that they keep it on at all times and are protected when they need it.”

For more information, visit maltadynamics.com.

Garland Donates School Supplies and Backpacks to Local School in Celebration of 125th Anniversary

The Garland Company, Inc., located in Cleveland’s historic Union Miles neighborhood, is celebrating its 125th year in business by giving back in various ways, most recently to the community it calls home. Garland reached out to Miles Park School, an elementary school located just one street away from its corporate headquarters, to see how to best support the school’s needs, especially as students navigate virtual learning and varying access to resources amid the pandemic.

Garland employees then helped fill 125 backpacks with the necessary supplies for Miles Park’s kindergarten through eighth grade students. From pencils and crayons for kindergarteners to calculators and pocket dictionaries for eighth graders, employees enjoyed lending a hand and seeing the difference these supplies could make in the lives of the local students.

The students will be continuing online learning for the rest of the semester and will receive the backpacks, supplies and uniforms upon their return to the classroom. Miles Park principal Tamika Taylor-Ivory and assistant principal Christine Wade accepted the backpacks on the students’ behalf with sentiments of gratitude.

“Even though we are in another nine weeks of remote learning, the students will definitely need the supplies. Based on social distancing and protocols that limit the students’ use of lockers, these backpacks will be a great help when they return to the school. And of course, they will need the supplies of paper, pencils and everything else for all their studies. We are so appreciative of all the donations that will help our students here at Miles Park School,” said Taylor-Ivory.

The Miles Park School follows a profound motto: “Learners Today…Leaders Tomorrow.” With these backpacks of new school supplies, Garland believes these driven and talented students will be better equipped to prioritize their schoolwork to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Garland’s focus throughout its 125th anniversary year has been the slogan “Employee Built, Employee Owned.” A strong regard for ownership, cemented by Garland’s employee stock ownership plan (ESOP), is the cornerstone of Garland’s success and a driving principle for these charitable initiatives.

“This neighborhood has been our proud home for 125 years and it is such an honor to maintain our traditional values by continuing our long history of taking care of our communities. Even in these tough times, we are committed to finding new ways to give back and keep our neighbors and the great city of Cleveland thriving,” said Garland president David Sokol.

Garland’s charitable initiatives will not end here. In continued celebration of 125 years, Garland donated $15,000 as an exclusive sponsor for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank weekly distribution event Nov. 12, employees have donated over $7,000 to their favorite charities, an employee’s son was awarded a $12,500 scholarship for his college career, and additional initiatives are planned throughout the rest of this historic year.

For more information, visit www.garlandco.com.