Roofing Systems

A Good Match

The s-5-T Mini-clamps were selected to attach solar panels onto the new 238T symmetrical standing seam roof of McElroy Metals’ Clinton, Ill., facility. Featuring a two-piece design for easy installation anywhere along the panel seam, the mini clamps are specifically designed to fit profiles with a “T”-shaped seam configuration.

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On the Wing

Heritage Elementary School in Tahlequah, Okla., by Crafton Tull, features nearly 87,000 sq. ft. of Galvalume Snap-Clad panels. The roof design on each classroom wing features three different levels that minimize mass and offer a sleek look. The 24-gauge steel Snap-Clad panel profile was specified as an option by the architect. “The detailing was complicated and required custom tapered valleys and transitions from each level of the wings,” said Jason Irvin, branch manager of Harness Roofing in Tulsa, the installing contractor. Many of the panels were up to 60-ft. long and were fabricated on-site using Petersen’s portable roll-forming equipment provided from its Tyler, Texas,

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Roof as a Sponge

Boston’s 101 Seaport–a 17-story, 440,000-sq.-ft. office building–is topped off with 5,000 sq. ft. of living roof that will reduce the need for onsite stormwater management systems. The soil in the green roof system, made by LiveRoof and designed by Copley Wolff Design Group, Landscape Architects and Planners, acts like a sponge and absorbs excess rainwater, thus reducing the impact of a new building on the municipal storm drainage system and surrounding watershed by reducing flooding and erosion.

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Hybrid Roof System with EPS Means Savings for Utah Business Park

Tasked with finding the most efficient and inexpensive roof insulation for the tilt-up business park, Capitol Roofing Service opted for a hybrid roofing system. Preparing for the influx of businesses that are taking root in Utah’s sixth-largest city, developer Synergy Development set out to build a warehouse and office space in Sandy. To save time and money on the job site, the building owner took a concrete tilt-up approach for the exterior. Capitol Roofing Service opted for a hybrid roofing system.

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Composite Shakes Makes the Grade

Built in the late 1980s, Maurice O’Meara’s duplex home in Vail, Colo. has seen its share of winter storms. Over the years, the real cedar shake roofing overhead simply wore out. The owners opted for DaVinci Multi-Width Shake tile in a Mountain color blend. With a Class A fire rating and a Class 4 impact rating, composite roofing from DaVinci has steadily grown in popularity throughout Colorado.

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Get Fleeced

EPDM roofing systems can be specified with a 55-mil fleece layer adhered as a backing for long-term protection against high winds, hail and punctures. These FleeceBack membranes are also well-suited for roof gardens and solar applications and can be installed with Flexible FAST adhesive, which reinforces the fleece for increased protection.

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Austin Hall, Sam Houston University, Huntsville, Texas.

Metal Makeover

The stainless-steel roof topping historic Austin Hall on the campus of Sam Houston University in Huntsville, Texas, was only 10 years old when it began to fail, due to a seaming plan not appropriate to its low-slope design. So, though it was less than a decade old, it was recently replaced with a more appropriately engineered standing seam copper roof. The 238T and 138T symmetrical standing seam panels enable watertight performance because there is now interruption of sealant in the seam at clip locations.

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Solar Appeal

The Snap-Clad 24-gauge panels in Weathered Zinc added to the farmhouse-styled design on this Chicago residence by Evanston, Ill.-based Kipnis Architecture + Planning. Standing-seam metal roofing provided an easy attachment option for rooftop solar panels. The seams allowed for solar panels to be clamped into place without need for roofing penetration.

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The Museum Built by Gatorade

Gainesville, Fla., recently added an unusual new institution to its cultural landscape—the Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention, which is dedicated to both commemorating and inspiring the kind of innovation that built its namesake founder’s career. Dr. James Robert Cade is best known for inventing Gatorade, but his inventions stretch from football helmets to protein shakes. The museum’s design, by Baltimore-based GWWO Architects, features a circular core and extending arms that create a sense of motion. Corrugated metal panels clad the façade, complementing the high-tech image that’s at the heart of the museum’s mission. 

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Northwestern Medical Center, Chicago, Ill.

No Chicago H2O Blues

Very near Lake Michigan in Chicago, Northwestern Medical Center faced several challenges in bringing a new campus building to life. Designed by Perkins+Will, the project involves a phased construction where a 14-story base building is presently under construction; a 20-story tower addition is planned for construction in five to 10 years. Since the project is built-out to all property lines there are no at-grade landscape areas, which presented a particular challenge given the city’s Dept. of Stormwater Management permit requirement that the project account the total building mass and footprint. Translation: 10,000 cubic ft. of stormwater detention was required. Further, city code requi

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