Metal manipulation: Have metal, will travel and curve

Sometimes it takes a special skill  — and a willingness to travel — to complete the job.

Black Roofing of Boulder, Colo., was able to handle both challenges last year to install the curved roofing on the University of Wyoming Indoor Practice Facility in Laramie — about 140 miles from the home office.

“There are headaches with jobs like that, getting people up there, getting hotel rooms,” says Jason Ayres of Black Roofing. “We got the job because we could do it and we were willing to go to Laramie.”

The $9.9 million facility, funded through private donations and the State of Wyoming Legislative Matching Gift Program, was a pre-engineered structure from Butler Manufacturing, erected by Delta Construction of Laramie. The design called for a curved roof on the center section of the roof — Butler does not offer curving, so Delta had to find someone who could and would. Black Roofing took the job and subcontracted Premium Panels of Wheat Ridge, Colo., to manufacturer the curved panels onsite with its New Tech Machinery roll former and a curver from Schlebach.

The curved look is consistent with other athletic buildings on campus.

The job for Premium Panels was a good one — a big job (140 squares) and a couple trips to Laramie to run panels and bundle them up for the installers to have raised 65 feet to the center roof section. The 24-gauge, 1-1/2-inch double lock standing seam panels were 16 inches wide, coated in Kynar 500 Terra Brown. Drexel Metals furnished the coil.

Ayres says the installation was rather straightforward once the obvious obstacles were overcome, including getting materials and workers up to the roof. A scaffold was assembled on the lower roofing section so installers could complete the job on the top section.

To achieve the required insulation value (R-30) set by the architect, two layers of 2-inch polyisocyanurate rigid foam were installed and topped with a 7/16-inch OSB. TAMKO’s ice and waters shield was the underlayment of choice.

Safety was also a primary concern — there were several days when the operation was shut down because of the wind. Strong winds actually blew some bundled panels off the roof one night — no one was injured, but the panels were scrap metal.

Photovoltaic panels and a heat transfer wall (Aspire Wall) were also a part of the project to help achieve Zero Energy Concepts.

The building is used by the Wyoming football and women’s soccer teams.

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