Historic Colorado School Readies for Winter With New Metal Roof System

Ouray School recently underwent a two-phase renovation project that involved improvements to the structure, which was built in 1936. Improvements include a new standing seam metal roof and snow guards designed to withstand the area’s tough winters. Photos: S-5!

Historic Ouray School in Ouray, Colorado, has undergone several renovations in the last 80 years, and the latest included a new standing seam metal roofing system with a snow guard system designed to ensure the safety of students, faculty and visitors.

The original school was built in 1883, when the school district was founded. That original structure was destroyed by fire in 1936, when a new facility was constructed adjacent to the original site. Additions were made to the school in the 1970s, in the 1990s and in 2003. After a full assessment in 2014, the existing facilities were found to be structurally safe and worthy of a thorough renovation, including the addition of a standing seam metal roof that covered the entire building, additions and all.

“We kept the slope at 2:12 because we didn’t want the roof sticking up real high,” says Joel Cox, AIA, of RTA Architects in Colorado Springs, Colorado. “After the first winter, everything is performing the way everyone expects it to be performing.”

The project was a two-phase renovation that involved improvements to the original structure, erected in 1936. The redesigned facility includes innovative 21stcentury learning spaces to support modern curriculum delivery and an emphasis on safety for all students and staff.

The New Roof and Snow Guards

Douglass Colony Group of Commerce City, Colorado, installed 18,000 square feet of standing seam metal roofing from Firestone. The snow guard system selected for the Ouray School was ColorGard from S-5!, with a Charcoal Grey insert to match the standing seam panels.

According to Anthony Sanchez, superintendent on the project, Douglass Colony crews began by installing the fascia, soffits, gutters and downspouts. One of the more unusual facets of the project were the metal details installed at the top of the walls, which were recreated to closely replicate the historic look. “We built each individual piece,” Sanchez notes. “We installed them along with the fascia, and then installed the gutter, drip edge and receiver flashing for the roof.”

Crews from Douglass Colony installed the Firestone Una-Clad UC-6 double-lock standing seam panels. Once the roof system was in place, crews installed approximately 1,600 linear feet of the S-5! ColorGard snow guard system. Photos: S-5!

The standing seam metal roof was installed on top of a nail base and Firestone CLAD GARD SA high-temperature underlayment. After the roll former was lifted into place, the Una-Clad UC-6 double-lock standing seam panels were rolled out directly onto the roof, where they were staged for installation. The installation went smoothly, Sanchez notes, despite the number of hips and ridges. “We followed all of the Firestone details,” he says.

The double-lock standing seam system was specified for its durability, as the area typically experiences tough winter weather. “We used the 180-degree seam because of the elevation,” Sanchez says.

Once the roof system was in place, approximately 1,600 linear feet of the snow guard system was installed. Depending on the length of the standing seam metal panel, some sections required two or three rows of S-5! ColorGard.

“We wanted a continuous snow guard system, instead of individual plastic pieces that are screwed down through the roof,” says Cox. “The ColorGard is attached without penetrating the roof and it performs better, that’s the main reason we installed it on the Ouray School. There is pedestrian traffic on three sides of the building, so preventing snow and ice from sliding off the roof was obviously important.”

Cox credits his S-5! rep with suggesting the best layout for the project. “We have one row about one foot up from the eave, a second row about a quarter way up the roof and another row about midway up the roof, spaced in line with S-5! suggestions,” he notes.

The snow bar system was easy to install, according to Sanchez. The non-penetrating system attaches to the standing seams with set screws. “We just followed the pattern they laid out,” Sanchez says.

Weather was not an issue on the project, and despite the remote location, the jobsite didn’t pose any real difficulties, according to Sanchez. “The days were pretty short, though, as there were mountains on both sides,” he notes.

In addition to the new sloped roof and attic addition, the renovated school features south and southeast vestibule additions, security upgrades, new entry steps, new windows, HVAC system upgrades, a fully replaced fire alarm system to meet current codes and the addition of a full, building sprinkler system.

TEAM

Architect: RTA Architects in Colorado Springs, Colorado, www.rtaarchitects.com
Roofing Contractor: Douglass Colony Group, Commerce City, Colorado, www.douglasscolony.com

MATERIALS

Metal Roof Panels: Una-Clad UC-6, Firestone Building Products, www.firestonebpco.com
Underlayment: CLAD GARD SA, Firestone Building Products
Snow Guards: ColorGard, S-5!, www.s-5.com

Challenges With Metal Roof, Manpower Overcome at Alabama School

At Indian Springs School in Birmingham, Alabama, the first phase of a three-phase construction plan included building three new classroom buildings and a new administration building, as well as re-roofing the library. The roofing portion of the project included 45,000 square feet of 18-inch-wide, 24-gauge PAC-CLAD roof panels manufactured by Petersen. Photos: Petersen

When founded in 1952, the master plan for Indian Springs School in Birmingham, Alabama, called for campus development to maintain focus on the lake at the center of the school’s wooded 350-acre property. During the past 30 years, however, focus was lost, so a new plan was made to demolish some existing structures and construct buildings that re-establish a connection to the lake. The school enrolls 280 students in grades 8-12.

Phase one of a three-phase construction plan consisted of constructing three new cypress-clad, single-story classroom buildings and a new administration building, plus a re-roof of an existing library building. Oversight of design and construction was handled through a partnership of Lake Flato Architects in San Antonio and ArchitectureWorks in Birmingham. The first phase utilized 45,000 square feet of Petersen’s 18-inch-wide, 24-gauge Snap-Clad and Tite-Loc roof panels in Cool Color Zinc. The new buildings, which added 18 classrooms and 18 administrative offices, achieved LEED Silver status.

Installation of the PAC-CLAD roof was completed by Quality Architectural Metal and Roofing in Birmingham. The combination of panels was determined by the roof pitch, according to Eddie Still, the company’s vice president and project manager. “We used the mechanically seamed Tite-Loc panel on a few areas with pitches that required that profile, which amounted to less than 2,000 square feet,” he notes.

The roof systems were designed to extend over covered walkways, blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor areas. Photos: Petersen

Some of the buildings feature monitors, which provide daylighting to each classroom, onto which QAMR installed PAC-CLAD flush panels for both the vertical and horizontal sections. This was a big job, Still notes. “Installation went smoothly, but finding manpower to get it done was the problem,” he says. “The job was big with multiple buildings, and I wasn’t able to stop all of our other projects for this one job. So, we approached it like four small jobs. This sounded good in theory, but there were delays with the work in front of us which impacted my schedule. This meant I had to put two crews out there to catch up. And then I had to call one of my friendly competitors and put one of his crews out there to help out. I’ve never done that before, but it worked out. Plus, these architects were good to work with. We had no issues at all on this project. We worked smoothly together.”

Still notes he frequently uses Petersen’s Snap-Clad panel. “The panel performs well and we’ve never had problems with it,” he says. “You don’t need to reinvent the wheel; you just need a product you can depend on. We have a 30-plus year relationship with Petersen and they’re great to do business with.”

ArchitectureWorks, which was first to join the project and managed the construction portion, formed a partnership with Lake Flato because of its focus on school design. “In general terms, Lake Flato was the design architect doing the master planning, and ArchitectureWorks was the architect of record, or executive architect, that completed construction documents and oversaw the construction phase,” says Greg Papay, FAIA and partner at Lake Flato. “We get asked to team up on jobs all the time, but they don’t all go as smoothly as this one did. ArchitectureWorks was great to work with.”

The design team sought to respect the school’s original structures’ simple forms and materials while opening the new buildings to nature. “Our notion was that 21st century schools could actually feel more like 19th century schools,” Papay explains, referring to the firm’s back-to-basics approach.

Focus on the Roof

All new buildings feature a roof that extends over covered walkways. “The roof shape allowed us to create transition spaces around each building that blur the lines between indoor and outdoor areas,” Papay says. “We chose a metal roof for longevity, attractiveness and efficiency properties. Plus, Birmingham used to be the steel capital of the South, so to have it on the buildings was a subtle reference to that local history.”

The new buildings at the school achieved LEED Silver status. Photos: Petersen

The school’s Southern U.S. location was also taken into account, notes Papay. “It was important to find balance between heat gain and glare inside from reflectivity off a neighboring roof, so we had to find the right color that addressed those issues,” he says “In the end we chose PAC-CLAD’s Cool Color Zinc.”

Lake Flato’s approach to building materials is to allow each to express its nature, where steel and wood in this application remain light in appearance. “We want a metal roof to look thin at the edge, so we don’t use heavy fascia. Some people wrap roof edges with fascia and don’t care if its appearance is thick or heavy, but fascia is not part of our approach; we were mindful of the details,” Papay says.

Papay points out that these buildings have subtle geometry shifts to accommodate natural rock groupings on the land. Therefore, he notes, “there was some roof detailing required where it was not turning at 90 degrees with a simple ridge/valley, so there was some metalworking trickery required at that point. Also, we created roof monitors which are smaller elements that required refined metal work. The roof looks great thanks to a great installation job.”

TEAM

Architects: ArchitectureWorks, Birmingham, Alabama, www.architectureworks.com, and Lake Flato Architects, San Antonio, Texas, www.lakeflato.com
General Contractor: BL Harbert International in Birmingham, Alabama, www.blharbert.com
Roofing Contractor: Quality Architectural Metal and Roofing, Birmingham, Alabama, www.qualityarch.com

MATERIALS

Metal Roof Panels: 18-inch-wide, 24-gauge Snap-Clad and Tite-Loc PAC-CLAD panels in Cool Color Zinc by Petersen, www.pac-clad.com

OSHA Seeks Members to Serve on Committee for Improving Construction Workers’ Safety and Health

OSHA is accepting nominations for individuals to serve on the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health. The group advises the Secretary of Labor on developing standards and policies affecting the construction industry. OSHA is seeking employee, employer, state safety and health agency, and public representatives with experience and expertise in construction-related safety and health issues to fill 14 vacancies. Nominations must be submitted to www.regulations.gov or by mail or facsimile before November 16. For more information, read the Federal Register notice.

New Coating Line Includes Silicone and Acrylic Elastomeric Products

ALSAN CoatingsSoprema Inc. launches a new collection of silicone and acrylic products under the brand name of ALSAN Coatings. ALSAN Coatings are ideal for maintaining and extending the life of existing roofs by protecting them from natural weathering.

The ALSAN Coatings line is comprised of:

  • ALSAN Coating SIL 402, a low-VOC, high-solids, single-component silicone roof coating that forms a durable weatherproof coating for exceptional UV protection and resistance to standing water. This maintenance coating is intended for application over existing single-ply (TPO, PVC, EPDM and CSPE), modified bitumen, BUR, and metal roofing systems and/or approved existing coatings.
  • ALSAN Coating AC 401, a high-quality, plasticizer-free, water-based, acrylic elastomeric roof coating that is tested in accordance to ASTM D-6083. ALSAN Coating AC 401 is highly reflective and offers outstanding flexibility and resistant natural weathering. This reflective coating is intended to be applied over existing single-ply (TPO, PVC, EPDM and CSPE), modified bitumen, BUR, and metal roofing systems and/or approved existing coatings.
  • These products are supported by several primer options that allow the coatings’ use across a range of roofing materials and help prevent asphalt bleed-through, inhibit rust and promote adhesion. Additional accessories include an all-purpose cleaner, Polyfleece polyester fabric for reinforcing seams and flashing, walkway coatings/granules, silicone caulk and butyl fleece tape. Both ALSAN Coating SIL 402 and ALSAN Coating AC 401 are available in white and custom colors.

    “With the addition of ALSAN Coatings, SOPREMA now has an answer for virtually every roofing need and budget,” said Tom Stuewe, product manager, SOPREMA. “The ALSAN Coatings line now allows customers to reduce rooftop temperatures and prevent premature aging caused by UV rays, reduce energy consumption and costs, and extend the life of existing leak-free roofs that could be comprised of a variety of substrates—all at an economical price point. These materials also offer a low environmental impact, thanks to low-VOC content and their ability to extend roof lifespans, reducing landfill waste associated with tear-offs.”

    For more information, visit www.soprema.us.

    Long Roofing Recognized by CertainTeed as Top North American Roofing Contractor

    Long Roofing has built a built a longstanding and trustworthy reputation with homeowners throughout the Washington D.C. area through excellent service, products and warranties that hold up over time.

    CertainTeed Corporation, a leading North American roofing manufacturer, honors Long for the second consecutive year as its number one roofing contractor partner throughout the US and Canada for providing local homeowners with extended warranty coverage.

    “Warranties can be hard to understand,” said Jay Butch, Director of Contractor Programs for CertainTeed Roofing. “Long removes the guesswork by offering CertainTeed’s SureStart Plus protection on every roofing job it sells. SureStart Plus extends CertainTeed’s traditional product warranty to cover the intangibles in the unlikely event of a manufacturing product defect—things like labor to tear off the old roof and to install the new one, product disposal and the new shingles themselves.”

    Long is credentialed as a CertainTeed SELECTTM ShingleMaster, a hard-earned designation that only two percent of all contractors in North America attain—and a credential that shows homeowners that Long is committed to quality installation, professionalism and ethical business practices. And with that designation, Long is able to offer its customers SureStartTM Plus, the industry’s most comprehensive extended warranty program.

    “We’ve had a long history in the greater Washington D.C. area as a contractor that people can rely on,” said John DePaola, principal of Long Roofing. “We’re very proud to work with manufacturers like CertainTeed who continue to offer us quality products, credential programs and homeowner benefit programs that ultimately help us earn their trust and give them peace of mind.”

    Long’s roofing practice has brought a 70+ year legacy of professionalism and craftsmanship to the greater Mid-Atlantic region of the country. The contractor has made it a point to not only offer incredible service to the community, but also provide warranties that can help homeowners sleep easy at night.

    “Long is one of those contractors that goes above and beyond to make sure homeowners have confidence in their work,” said Butch. “They’re exceptional in the industry, and should be applauded for their commitment to placing the homeowner first. Their commitment to quality and homeowner satisfaction aligns with our own, resulting in a great partnership.”

    For more information, visit www.certainteed.com.

    Steel Industry Icon to Deliver Keynote Address at METALCON 2018

    Dan DiMicco, former CEO of Nucor Corporation and senior trade adviser to President Trump’s Campaign, will present “The Economic Plan for Growth and Global Competitiveness in the United States―Implications for Steel”in a keynote address at METALCON 2018 on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 11.00 a.m., in Charlotte, N.C.

    DiMicco will provide an overview of the 30-year trade war, review section 232 of the U.S. Trade Expansion Act of 1962, examine the impact of tariffs on the metal construction industry and explain why Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs make sense.  He will also discuss the long-term sustainability of the steel industry.   Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in this informative Q & A session.

    For former steel executive DiMicco, there’s no risk of the President’s tariffs sparking a trade war.  “We’ve already been in one for years,” said DiMicco.  “The only difference now is that we’re deciding to fight back.”

    Trump’s proposal to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and 10 percent tariff on imports of aluminum has been met with opposition, but DiMicco is among those who think they’re putting the United States back on track.

    DiMicco spent most of his career in steel and manufacturing.  He served as a senior trade and economic adviser to President Trump’s campaign and was the lead on the U.S. trade representative transition team.  He joined Nucor in 1982 and worked his way up to president and CEO in 2000.  Under his leadership, Nucor delivered dramatic growth in profits and shareholder returns. Today, Nucor is the United States’ largest producer of steel and also considered North America’s largest recycler.

    Additionally, DiMicco proved himself an effective champion for domestic manufacturing and rules-based, rules-enforced free trade.  He has served on the board of the U.S. Manufacturing Council, the National Association of Manufacturers and the World Steel Association. Currently, DiMicco serves on the board for Duke Energy Corporation and continues to represent Nucor as chairman emeritus.

    “Dan not only revived a major U.S. manufacturing firm during a recession, but helped galvanize the flagging domestic steel industry when many of his competitors were in bankruptcy or headed overseas,” said METALCON Show Director, Claire Kilcoyne.

    DiMicco, author of American Made: Why Making Things Will Return Us to Greatness will be available for a book signing following his keynote addressIn his book,he tackles the false promise of green jobs and the hidden costs of outsourcing.  He shares lessons learned about good leadership, crisis management, the true meaning of innovation, and he paves a path forward to robust economic growth, middle-class prosperity and American competitiveness. 

    “Given the controversy over this hot topic right now, Dan’s extensive knowledge and expertise in this area couldn’t come at a better time,” said Kilcoyne.  “We look forward to hearing his take on how tariffs are impacting the metal construction industry and our overall economy.”

    For more information, visit www.metalcon.com.

     

    Granulated Self-Adhered Roofing Underlayment Features Slip-Resistant Surface

    RhinoRoof Granulated Self-Adhered Roofing Underlayment The RhinoRoof brand of synthetic roofing underlayment now includes comprehensive roof deck protection. Comprised of the most advanced formulations for self-adhered roofing technology, new RhinoRoof Granulated Self-Adhered Roofing underlayment features a granulated, slip-resistant surface. The new synthetic underlayment offering complements contractors’ safety programs by providing a slip-resistant surface material on roofs of varying slopes. When paired with RhinoRoof U20 synthetic underlayment, the Granulated Self-Adhered Roofing Underlayment provides a system approach to protecting the entire roof deck against ice dams and wind-driven rains.

    “RhinoRoof Granulated Self-Adhered Roofing Underlayment provides protection in the most vulnerable areas of the roof such as eaves and valleys,” said Jim Stange, Product Manager for Self-Adhered Underlayment. He noted the “peel and stick” product offers excellent adhesion across a broad temperature range. “The new granulated self-adhesive underlayment has been tested for adhesion at 40F and 75F and exceeds D1970 standards,” he said. The product can be left exposed for up to 30 days. Even at cold temperatures, the RhinoRoof® Granulated Self-Adhered Roofing Underlayment adheres to the roof deck, supporting flexible installation during seasons when temperatures can fluctuate widely.

    Accroding to the company, multiple features contribute to the performance of RhinoRoof Granulated Self-Adhered Roofing Underlayment. The granulated surface features a 3-inch taped selvage edge and a polymer modified asphalt backing. The split sheet peel-away release liner facilitates easy installation on a broad range of roof designs. The product is packaged in a shrink-wrapped poly-sleeve, making it less susceptible to damage from the elements and easy to carry on the jobsite.

    For more information, visit www.eavetopeak.com.

    Miami-Dade County Approves PolyPUF Foam Systems

    Miami-Dade County Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources issued several Notices of Acceptance (NOA) for Polyglass’ PolyPUF Foam Systems, certifying the commercial roofing solution for use in high velocity hurricane zones.

    “We are delighted to have the quality and safety of our Spray Polyurethane Foam System affirmed by Miami-Dade County, a Florida building code agency recognized nationally for its rigorous testing methods for building materials,” said Maury Alpert, codes and compliance manager at Polyglass U.S.A., Inc. “This certification allows us to provide roofing products and systems to roofers building in cities with extreme weather.”

    PolyPUF is a closed cell sprayed in place polyurethane foam that acts as an air barrier, insulation and roofing system in a single application. The NOAsconfirm that PolyPUF (2.5, 2.8 and 3.0 lb densities) is designed and tested in accordance with Miami-Dade Product Control Section requirements and is approved for use over wood, steel, recover and concrete decks. Aside from its durability and long-term performance, PolyPUF offers a high R-value, which means greater potential for energy savings. To maximize the performance of PolyPUF apply Polyglass’ Miami-Dade approved PolyBrite 70, 90 or 95 roof coatings.

    For more information, visit www.polyglass.us.

     

    New Powered Pallet Truck Offers Higher Lift Capacity

    Combilift, the material handling solutions provider, has launched a new high capacity powered pallet truck – the Combi-PPT.

    The powered pallet truck comes with standard lift capacities of 3,000 kg and 6,000 kg, with higher capacity models from 7,000kg to 16,000kg available on request. It is a further addition to the Irish company’s growing pedestrian range with the optional operator’s platform enabling stand-on or walk behind operation.

    The Combi-PPT includes a feature common to all Combilift’s pedestrian models: its unique, patented multi-position tiller arm. This enables the operator to stand at the side of the unit rather than at the rear (as is the case with other walk behind brands), giving operators excellent visibility of even the bulkiest loads and their surroundings. The operator’s position also eliminates any possibility of crush risk when working in confined areas and prevents product damage.

    “With the introduction of the Combi-PPT, very heavy loads can now be handled using these walk-behind machines, ensuring high levels of safety whilst guaranteeing efficient procedures even in confined spaces,” according to Martin McVicar, Managing Director, Combilift.

    “Combilift developed its first pedestrian models (the Combi-WR, Combi-WR4 and the Combi-CS) in response to an industry demand to move away from ride-on forklifts. As a company we are seeing a growing demand for pedestrian trucks, driven by safety concerns where customers and/or employees are in the vicinity of operating forklifts. It is our intention to significantly expand our pedestrian forklift range as can be seen with the launch of the Combi-PPT. This forklift offers safer operation, maximum operator visibility and narrow aisle performance.”

    The Combi-PPT’s automatic folding platform is an added benefit for operators when large distances have to be covered in a warehouse or production plant. The power steering, dual rear wheel drive and AC motor technology make it effortless and stress free for operators: it “glides” across the floor even when moving very heavy loads and its manoeuvrability enables tight corners to be negotiated safely and with ease. A range of optional fork lengths, widths and configurations is available – in line with Combilift’s policy of supplying customised solutions for individual customer requirements.

    Features Include:

    • Power Steering
    • AC Motor Technology
    • Rear Wheel Drive
    • Patented Multi-Position Tiller Arm

    Optional Extras:

    • Fork Configurations for Reels
    • Wider Forks
    • Longer Forks
    • Closed Fork Height
    • Slave Pallet System Available

    For more information, visit www.combilift.com.

    New Perimeter Rail Chute Guard System Meets OSHA Requirements

    SafePro launches its new Perimeter Rail Chute Guard systemSafePro launches its new Perimeter Rail Chute Guard system. This innovation is engineered to meet the latest OSHA safety requirements mandating the use of fall protection for the open edge chute area of the roof.

    The SafePro Perimeter Rail Chute Guard system is designed to provide commercial rooftop fall protection, safety and security. According to the company, it is the ideal solution for safety guardrails on rooftops during re-roof construction. The chute guard system is easy for contractors to work with, including a functioning gate that glides open to allow for debris to be safely discarded off the roof edge into the trash chute. When closed, the gate automatically locks in place.

    The company’s chute guard systems provide proper fall protection where most construction sites tend to overlook this as an open area on the roof and prevent exposure to leading edge fall hazards. SafePro’s perimeter rail chute guard systems exceed OSHA strength and stability requirements.

    Complete SafePro perimeter rail systems serve as temporary or permanent fall hazard barricades during rooftop access or construction. The perimeter rails can be configured for multiple uses to prevent risk around open areas. Heavy-duty, ballasted steel bases do not penetrate the roof or void the existing rooftop warranty.

    “Our primary focus is to protect lives by providing fall protection innovations to meet evolving OSHA requirements and develop the best solutions for our customers’ needs,” said Brian Rys, SafePro Operations Manager. “The Chute Guard system offers the same high level of performance as the entire SafePro product line that our customers depend upon.”

    The SafePro brand emphasizes its commitment to provide products with significant impact on workplace safety, to prevent injuries and save lives. SafePro helps to mitigate risks to building owners, property managers and roofing professionals with improved security. SafePro™ patented products meet and exceed OSHA requirements. The company offers exclusive products and custom designed solutions.

    For more information, visit www.safeprosafety.com.
    SafePro launches its new Perimeter Rail Chute Guard system