Umicore, ATAS team up for roofing project

MCA members, Umicore Building Products USA and ATAS International, along with Kenny Herman, Inc., donated material and services to assist with the construction of the new Fresnel Lens Building at the Fire Island Lighthouse, located on  Fire Island National Seashore in New York.

In 1933, the First Order Lens was removed from atop the tower and was stored at the Franklin Museum in Philadelphia. The Fire Island Preservation Society has built a new facility for the original lens to return to Fire Island. The 1858 First Order Fresnel Lens will be on display as a learning center on the lighthouse.

Kenneth J. Herman, who developed the Corra-loc machine with ATAS to clad the Jet Blue Terminal, donated the design drawings and construction management for the project. Ken Rosner spear-headed the installation.

ATAS donated the time and expertise for producing the standing seam panels. UBP supplied the zinc coil, design consultations and installation.

“(These two companies) have stepped up and donated the zinc standing seam roofing at a time when the economy is still hurting,” says Kevin Albert, engineer for Kenny Herman, Inc.

“Fire Island is a uniquely shaped marine environment application,” says Erik Berg, former North American applications manager for Umicore. In order to achieve the longevity desired and to maintain the integrity of the beautiful gray aspect, proper detailing and installation was critical in restoring a national treasure.”

“When I visited the site, just the foundation was in place, but I was very impressed with the number of volunteers involved with the project,” says Dick Bus, president of ATAS. “The society plans to use it as a learning tool for kids and adults interested in U.S. history. The light was one of the lights ships used to guide them to the Statue of Liberty.”

Fire Island3The Fire Island Light Station Fresnel Lens Building grand opening is planned for the end of July 2011.

About ATAS

Founded in 1963, ATAS International, Inc., a leading manufacturer of metal roofing, wall and ceiling panels, produces systems for commercial and residential buildings. The ATAS product line offers more than 20 profiles available in aluminum, steel, zinc and copper. These profiles include standing and batten seams; corrugated; curved; tapered; shingles; tiles; shakes; and narrow or wide-ribbed panels with hidden or exposed fasteners. Rainware, crown moulding and perimeter edge trim are available with the same finish to match or accent a roofing or wall system. ATAS offers energy efficient building envelope technology, such as cool roofing products that are Energy Star qualified and InSpire, the transpired solar collector which utilizes precision perforated metal panels to preheat ventilation air via solar energy. ATA-Solar, a building integrated photovoltaic product, complements ATAS’ sustainable product offerings. Profiles are coated with a PVDF finish in 30 standard colors. ATAS has four manufacturing facilities in the U.S.; two facilities, including the headquarters in Allentown, Pa. All ATAS locations are certified to ISO 9001:2008 with design.

About Umicore Building Products

Umicore is a world-leading producer of architectural zinc. For more than 160 years, Umicore has been providing innovative solutions for building owners, architects and contractors. Umicore has offices and representatives all over the world. In the U.S., Umicore Building Products USA is based in Raleigh, N.C.

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