Project Profiles: Education Facilities

Maury Hall, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.

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Roofing Contractor: Wagner Roofing, Hyattsville, Md.
General Contractor: C.E.R. Inc., Baltimore, (410) 247-9096

The project included 34 dormers that feature double-lock standing-seam copper and fascia metal.

The project included 34 dormers that feature double-lock standing-seam copper and fascia metal.

ROOF MATERIALS

Wagner Roofing was awarded the complete replacement of all roof systems. These included an upper double-lock standing-seam copper roof system, a bullnose copper cornice transition, slate mansard, 34 dormers with double-lock standing-seam copper and fascia metal, eight copper hip metal caps and a continuous built-in gutter with decorative copper fascia. Each of the dormers also had a copper window well.

The upper standing-seam roof was removed and replaced with 24-inch-wide, 20-ounce copper coil rollformed into 1-inch-high by 21-inch-wide continuous standing-seam panels that matched the original profile. The eave bullnose, which also served as the mansard flashing, was removed and returned to Wagner Roofing’s shop where it was replicated to match the exact size and profile.

The 34 dormer roofs were replaced with 20-inch-wide, 20-ounce copper coil formed into 1-inch-high by 17-inch- wide continuous standing-seam panels. The decorative ornate fascia of the dormers was carefully removed and Wagner’s skilled craftsmen used it as a template to develop the new two-piece copper cornice to which the roof panels locked. The cheeks and face of the dormers were also re-clad with custom-fabricated 20-ounce copper.

The oversized built-in-gutter at the base of the slate mansard was removed and replaced with a new 20-ounce copper liner custom-formed and soldered onsite. The replacement included a specialty “bull-nosed” drip edge at the base of the slate and an ornate, custom-formed fascia on the exterior of the built-in gutter. The decorative copper fascia included 85 “hubcaps”, 152 “half wheels” and 14 decorative pressed-copper miters. The original hubcap and half-wheel ornaments were broken down and patterns were replicated. Each ornamental piece was hand assembled from a pattern of 14 individual pieces of 20-ounce copper before being installed at their precise original location on the new fascia. The miters were made by six different molds, taken from the original worn pieces, to stamp the design into 20-ounce sheet copper.

In all, more than 43,000 pounds of 20-ounce copper was used on the project.

Copper Manufacturer: Revere Copper Products

ROOF REPORT

Maury Hall was built in 1907 and was designed by Ernest Flagg. Flagg designed many of the buildings at the U.S. Naval Academy, including the Chapel, Bancroft Hall, Mahan Hall, the superintendent’s residence and Sampson Hall. His career was largely influenced by his studies at École des Beaux-Arts, Paris. Examples of Flagg’s Beaux-Arts influence can be found in the decorative copper adorning the built-in gutter on building designs.

Maury Hall currently houses the departments of Weapons and Systems Engineering and Electrical Engineering. The building sits in a courtyard connected to Mahan Hall and across from its design twin, Sampson Hall.

PHOTO: Joe Guido

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Historic Home Gets a Refresh with a Striking New Copper Roof

Anyone who spends time in Connecticut finds themselves in a place with deep historical roots that stretch back to colonial times. It is an inherent part of the charm of the state and something in which residents take great pride.

Along with delivering the performance desired by the homeowners, the copper roof maintains the traditional look and feel of the house.

Along with delivering the performance desired by the homeowners, the copper roof maintains the traditional look and feel of the house.

There is a real, tangible window to this rich historical tradition in many of the historic homes and buildings all across the state. Great care has been taken to preserve the look and operation of many historic structures and to integrate them into the architectural fabric of communities all around Connecticut.

Like many places and institutions in the state, Litchfield County has a history that goes back to pre-Revolutionary days. Established as a county in 1719, Litchfield County was home to Harriett Beecher Stowe and was also where Sarah Pierce established in 1792 the Litchfield Female Academy, one of the first major educational institutions for women and girls in the U.S.

Today, Litchfield County has 166 properties and districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Staying true to the architectural heritage of the state is very important to the people who live there. However, just because a home or building looks like it did a few hundred years ago doesn’t mean it has to operate that way, too. Many owners of historic homes want to bring the function of their houses into modern times while still keeping the look and feel of the past.

This was the case for homeowners in Litchfield County who wanted to make some modern improvements while still preserving the traditional look and feel of their home in Sharon, Conn. For this work, the homeowners turned to the professionals at Anderson Enterprises, a general contracting building and renovation firm in Sharon. The project started with modest goals in mind but quickly grew.

“We were initially hired to replace four oak floors,” recalls Ellen Burcroff with Anderson Enterprises. “That was then extended to changing the mouldings, re-plastering, painting, renovating the third floor and master bedroom, as well as rebuilding the chimney and replacing the roof.”

Anderson Enterprises won the job after an interview. “Our goal was to get the homeowners into a more pleasing interior,” Burcroff says.

The entire home features a brass snow-retention system. PHOTO: MetalPlus LLC

The entire home features a brass snow-retention system. PHOTO: MetalPlus LLC

As part of the interior overhaul, the project included providing the home with proper ventilation and insulation. Along with delivering the performance desired by the homeowners, maintaining the traditional look and feel of the house was extremely important. Performing this kind of retrofit on a historic home without damaging the exterior often means going in through the roof, which was what was decided upon for this project. Removing the old wood shake roof meant installing a new one. The contractor believed this was a perfect time for a change.

“The customers wanted a historically authentic look,” Burcroff explains. “We strongly recommended not using wood shingles again. Ultimately, we all decided on using copper for the new roof.”

A copper roof was a perfect solution for this project for many reasons. On a performance level, the homeowners were interested in the durability and energy efficiency of copper. Aesthetically, copper delivers a striking curb appeal that is still in keeping with the historic nature of the home. And its natural patina will only enhance the look of the home over time.

GETTING IT DONE

With the appropriate decisions made, Anderson Enterprises’ team started work on the home. The wood shakes and wood lath were removed, exposing the rafters underneath. Fiberglass insulation was installed with about a 2-inch space left above the rafters for airflow.

PHOTOS: VLC IMAGES MOBILE STUDIO, COURTESY MARIO LALLIER, unless otherwise noted

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Englert and Swenson Shear Partner to Provide Panel Preparation Equipment

Englert Inc., the New Jersey-based supplier of painted metal coil and metal fabricating machinery for the roofing and gutter industry, and Swenson Shear of Ceres, Calif., manufacturer of innovative tools to speed the preparation and installation of metal panels, have announced a strategic alliance to provide the Metalman Snaptable HD and Metalman Snaptable Pro collection of panel preparation equipment.

With the partnership, Englert will offer its customers two all-in-one panel preparation machines with the ability to notch, slit and hem standing-seam profiles from 12 to 24 inches, along with 33- to 60-inch slitting and hemming capabilities, while saving an average of 35 percent in labor cost.

Tony Newman, director of sales at Englert notes, “We have long sought to align with an innovative equipment manufacturer in the U.S. and feel we have now connected with a company whose products are suitable to Englert’s level of quality.”

The alliance gives Englert proven metal preparation products it can confidently offer to customers. “The Metalman Snaptables are easy to use and are more effective than manual efforts to create perfect valleys, ridges and edges,” Newman remarked. “These products will enhance the roll forming product line we already offer, and we know that our customers will be particularly happy with the two-year manufacturers’ warranty.”

With a tradition of innovation and proud craftsmanship that stretches back to 1966, Englert serves commercial and residential roofing contractors throughout the U.S. with the highest quality painted metal coil, a wide variety of roofing accessories, including seamers and curvers, and numerous, in-stock roll-forming machines, including the Multi-Panel which can roll-form 10 different panel widths and styles.

Newman continues: “We are dedicated to developing relationships and creating programs that support the growth of our customers’ businesses. We listen to our customers and anticipate their changing needs. These co-branded Metalman Snaptables are just one more example of that guiding principle.”

Englert Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Englert Inc. celebrates 50 years in business.

Englert Inc. celebrates 50 years in business.

Now celebrating its 50th anniversary in business, Englert Inc. is looking forward to developing new products and markets, and also looking backward to examine the qualities, strategies and business style that has made it successful over the years.

“For as long as I can remember, my father felt that we were in business not only to earn money, but also to help fulfill a greater goal within society,” says Debbie Tripod, president of Englert and daughter of its founder, Herb Englert. “He believed that helping our business customers to become successful, was just as important as our own success, and would help our business grow, as well,” she continues.

Herb Englert developed this philosophy as an outgrowth of his own experience. He opened Englert Inc. in 1966 with his own funds and a capital investment from another businessman. When he tried to repay the loan, he was told: “Pay it forward. If you help others become successful, we’ll all be better for it.” Englert took this advice to heart.

Donal Kelly founded Seamless Aluminum Ltd. 40 years ago. Seamless Aluminum is based in Ireland and manufactures aluminum rainwater management systems, as well as aluminum fascia and soffit systems for residential and commercial use. On a visit to the U.S., Kelly met with Englert and was asked if he would want to start a distribution unit. Lacking the funds necessary, Kelly expressed he was interested, however, unable to do so. Englert supplied Kelly with $100,000 credit per month over three months to get the distribution unit up and running.

“It is extremely gratifying to read the story of how my father helped someone in Ireland start a business, which has grown to be so successful,” Tripod says. “Over the years my father helped dozens of small businesses get started and grow to be successful. We still have business and personal ties to many of them. But every once in awhile we hear of a story like this one and I just marvel at how much impact my dad’s philosophy has had, and how far it has traveled.”

Englert Releases Aluminum Composite Material Brochure

Englert Inc. has announced the availability of a print and online brochure for its line of aluminum composite material wall panels.

Englert Inc. has announced the availability of a print and online brochure for its line of aluminum composite material wall panels.

Englert Inc. has announced the availability of a print and online brochure for its line of aluminum composite material wall panels.

The six-page color brochure provides descriptions of Englert’s line of four ACM panels, including:

  • The Englert CWP 200, a sequentially installed rainscreen system that employs an integral, accent strip and adjustable attachment method.
  • The Englert CWP 400, a non-sequentially installed flush caulk joint wall panel system that employs a staggered sliding clip attachment method.
  • The Englert CWP 600, a sequentially installed, gasketed wall panel system that employs integral weather stripping and hidden fasteners.
  • The Englert CS 500, a continuous edge grab system with a 1/2-inch depth.

The new brochure features performance and testing data, line illustrations, CadCad depictions of each panel configuration and application features and benefits.

Englert’s Brochure Outlines 67 Steps in Testing and Quality Control for Metal Coatings

Englert's brochure outlines the 67 different steps Englert takes in testing and quality control to ensure customers of high-quality metal coating.

Englert’s brochure outlines the 67 different steps Englert takes in testing and quality control to ensure customers of high-quality metal coating.

Englert has announced the availability of its new, color, two-page brochure on coating quality titled “Why Choose Englert?”

The brochure outlines the 67 different steps Englert takes in testing and quality control to ensure customers of high-quality metal coating. It explains testing Englert conducts on each coil it paints to ensure quality color, gloss, paint adhesion and durability. The brochure also outlines Englert’s process of continuous monitoring and inspection as each coil runs through its paintline system. Also explained is the 12-step procedure the company employs for tracking each coil that is coated including production reports, verification of amount and weight and correct labeling and packaging.

The brochure notes that each coil that is coated goes through a 67-step quality control checklist to assure that the color being run is identical for every coil processed in that color that day or for additional product the same customer might order months or years down the road.

Englert Holds Customer Appreciation Days and Offers Special Promotions and Pricing

Field Service Centers at four Englert Inc. locations will be holding Customer Appreciation Days during April, offering special promotions and pricing on metal roofing accessories, gutter products, trim coil and the Englert brand gutter screens, MicroGuard and SureGuard.

The annual open houses kick off Tuesday, April 7, at the Englert Field Service Center in Manassas, Va. from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Englert’s Pittsburgh Field Service Center in Coraopolis, Pa. will hold its Customer Appreciation Day on Thursday, April 9 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Englert’s Field Service Center in Long Island, N.Y. will hold its day on Tuesday, April 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the New Jersey center in Perth Amboy, N.J. will stage its annual open house on Thursday, April 16 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Along with free refreshment and giveaways, each location will also have special pricing on sealant, 5- and 6-inch gutter hangers, and Series 1300 stainless steel floating clips, and Series 2000 UL rated clips along with complimentary roofing and gutter machine tuneups for customers by appointment only. Customers must call (800) 364-5378 to reserve time for a tuneup.

  • Virginia — Tuesday, April 7
  • Pittsburgh — Thursday, April 9
  • Long Island — Tuesday, April 14
  • New Jersey — Thursday, April 16
  • Florida — Wednesday, May 6
  • Massachusetts — Tuesday, May 12
  • Connecticut — Thursday, May 14
  • Knoxville, Tenn. — Wednesday, May 20

Englert Introduces Metal Roofing App

Englert Inc. has introduced its iRoofing app, which can be used on mobile devices to remotely order metal roofing plans. It also contains a roof visualizer that lets users photograph any structure with their mobile device and add an Englert metal roof with a wide choice of roofing profiles and colors. Brochures and catalogs can be reviewed; materials can be ordered; and technical information, like building approval forms and installation guides, can be accessed. In addition, the app includes other building materials that can assist in designing, specifying and pricing a project.