After 10 years, I and E Specialties fixes problem a consultant said it could not fix /
It took longer than it should have, but I and E Specialties finally got the chance to stop the leaks in the roof at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.
Approximately 10 years ago, roofs at the main building as well as the dormitory roofs at the Academy were leaking. I and E installed a retrofit solution for the two dormitory wings that are attached to the main building. “We looked at doing the main building, but at the time, a roofing consultant said it couldn’t be done with metal,” says Wayne Fulmer of I and E Specialties. “They tried a lot of different things, but never got it fixed.”
In fact, part of the main building roof had been retrofitted with a low-slope metal roof. The Academy had problems with leaks with the low slope metal roof and foamed over it. That didn’t solve any problems either.
Fulmer says a couple years ago an architect was called in and thought metal roofing would be the permanent solution. The architect realized metal provided the slope to eliminate the continuous repair of the 20-year-old low-sloped built-up system. Metal also offers cool roofing benefits, overall life cycle cost savings and minimal maintenance.
After contacting McElroy Metal, the architect was able to come up with a metal solution for I and E Specialties to install. Valspar was able to custom color match the 10-year-old panels I and E had installed on the dorms.
McElroy provided 69,000 square feet of Maxima panels, 10,000 square feet of the Mega-Rib wall panels and 2,000 square feet of the Marquee-Lok soffit panels.
The retrofitted low-slope metal roof was torn off to the original gravel built-up roof. A temporary roof was installed prior to installing a new slope build-up framing and metal roof system. The existing building and the layout required slopes towards internal courtyards for new underground drainage.
“Phase 1 was a 69,000 square foot retrofit,” Fulmer says. Phase 1 included moving all equipment off the roof to concrete yards on the ground — the airhandlers stayed on the roof, he said. Extensive HVAC work required re-routing of internal duck work in the new attic space as well as proper ventilation.
Phase 2 called for a 5,000 square foot addition to the existing kitchen that had to be tied back into the new metal retrofit roof. All work had to be performed after business hours to accommodate classroom training for the incoming cadets.