Metal Panels Highlight Rooftop Area of Washington Apartment Building

Reed Row apartments in Washington features a rooftop common area that provides residents with social space and great views of the city. Photos: Rheinzink

The brand-new Reed Row apartments in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C., offers an eclectic, urban sophistication that is reflective of the area. Adams Morgan is well known for its broad mix of cultures and activities. The five-story apartment community includes 132 residential units in 100,000 square feet of space.

The site, located about 1.5 miles from the White House, was previously a parking garage. The developer demolished everything above grade but was able to retain portions of the below-grade structure.

The exterior expression of the architectural design, created by R2L:Architects, Washington, D.C., is influenced by the materials and scale of the traditional masonry buildings found in nearby districts. “We wanted to pay homage to the historic neighborhood with a material palette that offered the proper aesthetic fit,” says Donrico Washington, R2L project designer/manager.

Approximately 3,000 square feet of Rheinzink Flat Lock Tilesand 1,000 square feet of Rheinzink Standing Seam Panelswere used to highlight the rooftop amenity. Photos: Rheinzink

Two different Rheinzink profiles were specified for application in an “intimate, exterior amenity space,” Washington notes. The area is an inviting rooftop common area that provides residents with social space and a great view of the city. Approximately 3,000 square feet of Rheinzink prePATINA graphite-greyFlat Lock Tiles and 1,000 square feet of Rheinzink Standing Seam Panels highlight the rooftop amenity. “In the early stages of our design process, we noticed that numerous nearby buildings had mansard roofs with diamond-shaped tiles and shingles. That’s what led to our selection of the Rheinzink Flat Lock Tiles,” Washington says. 

The Rheinzink Standing Seam Panels were used to clad sloped roofs over stairways in the units below the roof deck leading up to outdoor terraces. “The reaction to the Rheinzink from the residents has been outstanding,” says Washington. “Everyone loves it because it’s a material that’s not typically seen.”

Installation of the panels was done by MSM Roofing, Hampstead, Maryland. David Peterson, owner of MSM, described the installation as “a piece of cake.”

Ladder Personal Fall Arrest Systems Comply With OSHA Regulations

Design Components Inc. offers both rigid rail and cable grab style ladder Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS). This is in response to the new OSHA requirements that recently went into effect on November 19, 2018. OSHA regulations now eliminate the need for cages on any new fixed ladder installations. Regulations also require that all fixed ladders over 24 feet be equipped with a PFAS. Design Components offers a variety of fall arrest systems that meet the new OSHA and existing ANSI standards. These systems are customizable and are packaged together to include the needed accessories, including the attachment hardware, trolleys, cable grabs, and deluxe body harnesses. 

For more information, visit www.designcomponents.com

Contractor Overcomes Challenging Logistics to Re-Roof 16-Story Westin Savannah

The Westin Savannah site posed logistical challenges, as it is bordered by the Savannah River, a canal and the Savannah Convention Center. Photo: SOPREMA

Were you to visit Savannah, Georgia, the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa would be tough to miss. This landmark property, known for its 18-hole PGA golf course, secluded beach access and on-site spa, is the tallest building in the city at 16 stories. The aura of luxury surrounding the building was threatened, however, when Hurricane Matthew moved through the region, inundating the city with rainwater and causing the aging Westin Savannah roof to fail. With leaks resulting in the closure of a major portion of the hotel’s upper floor, it was clear the building owners would need to move quickly to restore a waterproof seal atop their building.

The job would not be easy. The Westin Savannah is surrounded by the Savannah River on one side, a canal on another and the Savannah Convention Center on a third. The only feasible area left to stage and load the roofing material onto a crane was the front parking loop and valet area — an area that would typically be avoided with any other roofing project. “We only had one spot where we could set up, and that was the biggest challenge,” says Larry Hoffman, the superintendent who oversaw the installation of the roof at the Westin Savannah on behalf of Whitco Roofing, the Westin’s chosen contractor. “We were very limited with regard to any mobility around that hotel, not to mention the fact that we had to get materials onto a roof that was 270 feet from the ground.” 

Envisioning an Approach

The Whitco Roofing team also had to deal with challenging application conditions, given that the roof had many penetrations due to the presence of air conditioning units, towers, exhaust vents, lighting, walkways, ladders, staircases and other equipment. Special care would have to be given to the installation of the flashing to ensure no opportunities for leak formation remained after the roofing job was done. Recognizing that the use of a liquid flashing material was the best bet to keep the roofing layer monolithic despite all the penetrations, the Whitco Roofing team set about selecting the right compatible materials for the job.

SOPREMA’s SENTINEL P150 60-mil PVC-based roofing membrane was selected for the projectbecause we wanted a durable roofing product that was compatible with a liquid flashing material for difficult base flashings encountered during this project,” explains Henri Brickey, director of business development for Whitco Roofing. “We recommended the SOPREMA PVC membrane for several reasons, the first of which is the superior chemical and UV resistance PVC offers over TPO. Since we also intended to wrap the large quantity of concrete and metal support column bases with SOPREMA’s ALSAN RS 230 Flash polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) liquid resin, we made sure the PVC membrane was compatible and that we could include those areas under the roof’s warranty.” 

The Installation Commences

The complex coordination required for a successful roofing installation began on the ground. One week’s worth of material was staged at a time, then a crane was brought in to upload materials to the roof on the same day trash was being downloaded from the old roof tear-off process. All debris had to be carefully bagged and secured with tarps to avoid pollution in the nearby Savannah River, and the delivery and removal of four dumpsters at a time had to be carefully coordinated so that no dumpster was left on the premises overnight, blocking entry to the building. “You had to be out of there by five o’clock with everything, and it had to be done in a particular sequence, further complicating matters,” explains Hoffman.

On the rooftop, existing asphalt-based roofing materials were stripped down to the concrete deck. SOPREMA SOPRA-ISO3.5-inch polyisocyanurate insulation was adhered using SOPREMA DUOTACK 365 foam adhesive to provide improved R-value to the building. Next, the PVC membrane was bonded onto the insulation, providing both a reliable waterproofing layer and a reflective white finish that would help diminish heat absorption compared to the older materials. The liquid resin coating was then applied to prevent water intrusion at all exposed concrete column bases — extending up and coating metal base plates — and at vertical flashing points where air handling units tied into the building’s walls. New tapered crickets were also installed between drains, improving the overall flow of water on the roof and reducing the opportunity for ponding water.

Safety and Communications Prioritized

Throughout the project, OSHA guidelines had to be followed carefully on the rooftop and on the ground to ensure both workers and bystanders entering and exiting the hotel were safe. Flagging and ground guides were used around the staging area, and strict adherence to timelines for deliveries and mobilizations were also critical to the safe execution of the project. The Whitco Roofing team worked closely with the hotel management throughout the process to prevent interference with hotel operations and to minimize risks to guests. 

The building now benefits from a superior roofing membrane that is Energy Star-compliant, upgraded insulation, a strong foam adhesive that helps resist uplift pressure during storms and a monolithic waterproofing layer thanks to the liquid flashing installed around all penetrations. “SOPREMA’s single-ply membranes have a reputation for strength and durability,” notes Brickey, “and especially with the inclusion of the liquid flashing system to deal with difficult flashing details, we were able to provide a long-lasting, warranted waterproofing solution for the Westin.”

In all, more than 14,000 square feet of roofing material was replaced over the course of roughly a month by a large team of installers. In part because the hotel staff was so pleased with the way the job was planned, managed and executed, Whitco Roofing was brought back to install a new roof on a lower section of the building as well. That project was recently completed, positioning the Westin Savannah to resist the elements while serving as a relaxing getaway for the foreseeable future.

TEAM

Roofing Contractor: Whitco Roofing, Atlanta, Georgia, www.whitcoroofing.com

MATERIALS

Roof Membrane: SENTINEL P150 PVC, SOPREMA, www.soprema.us

Insulation: SOPRA-ISO, SOPREMA

Adhesive: DUOTACK 365, SOPREMA

Liquid Flashing: ALSAN RS 230 Flash, SOPREMA

Update: U.S. District Court Finds for S-5! in Patent Infringement Case

The United States District Court for the District of Connecticut upheld the claims of S-5! in its patent infringement lawsuit against Ace Clamp/PMC. The court found that PMC directly infringed S-5!’s patent and the court orderedthat PMC be permanently enjoined from making, using, offering for sale, or selling in the United States the ColorSnap system and replacement parts until S-5!’s patent expires. 

For more details about this action and decision, visit www.S-5.comor https://www.s-5.com/news/s-5-prevails-over-ace-clamp-pmc-finding-of-infringement/.

NRCA Releases Latest Volume of the NRCA Roofing Manual

The NRCA Roofing Manual: Membrane Roof Systems—2019is now availablein the NRCA Bookstore. This volume of the manual provides information about the best industry practices and technical information regarding the design, materials and installation techniques applicable to membrane roof systems used in low-slope applications. It offers roof system configurations with a list of applicable roof components and references on where to find additional information in the manual. It also includes construction details for built-up roof (BUR) membrane, polymer-modified bitumen, liquid-applied, EPDM and other single-ply membrane roof systems. 

The NRCA Roofing Manual: Membrane Roof Systems—2019is one of four volumes that comprise The NRCA Roofing Manual. The four-volume series also includes The NRCA Roofing Manual: Metal Panel and SPF Roof Systems—2016The NRCA Roofing Manual: Steep-slope Roof Systems—2017; and The NRCA Roofing Manual: Architectural Metal Flashing and Condensation and Air Leakage Control—2018.

NRCA also will offer an electronic PDF version of the 2019 volume in the NRCA Bookstore, which is free for members. In addition, the 2019 volume will be available on the NRCA app.

For more information, visit NRCA’s bookstore at www.nrca.net/store.

CMG Expands into Nashville

Coated Metals Group (CMG) has expanded its operations by opening a new branch facility in the Nashville-Metro area. General Manager, Joe Ley, will lead the team at this new location. 

A CMG team member since 2015, Joe most-recently served as Production Manager for CMG’s Indianapolis production facility.  This experience, coupled with his previous account representative history, provides the leadership and background that a dynamic market demands. 

Joe feels the timing of opening the Nashville location is the right move for CMG.  He states, “Expansion into the Nashville market presents a remarkable opportunity for Coated Metals Group. We have already developed some great partnerships within the past couple of years.  Opening a location within a rapidly growing market like Nashville will allow us to service our existing customer base even better, develop new relationships within the market, and continue to expand our brand throughout the region.” 

Company President Gary Woodward adds, “We are thrilled to bring the CMG brand to the Tennessee market and are confident that we will earn the reputation for providing the same exceptional level of customer service to the region that has become our trademark.”

CMG’s new facility will be fully-stocked with both coil and sheet goods, thereby reducing lead times and allowing for quick turnaround of custom requests.  Route truck delivery is currently available to the greater Nashville metro area. 

For more information, visit www.cmgmetals.com.

New All-Purpose Hybrid Epoxy Offers Increased Work Time

Manus Products has expanded its Flex-Weld product line. Following more than 10 years of success with Flex-Weld 5, 15, 15 Non-Sag, and 25, Manus has added Flex-Weld 90. With Flex-Weld 90, users have an increased work time. Flex-Weld is an all-purpose, hybrid epoxy that provides excellent tensile, peel, and shear strength and that is light-stable and highly UV resistant. According to the company, it exhibits superior adhesion and flexibility to a wide variety of substrates including ceramics, concrete, wood, composites, FRP, and most metals — without the use of a primer. At a 1:1 volume mix ratio, Flex-Weld is designed to be user-friendly and forgiving, retaining high peel strength and flexibility through a wide temperature range.

For more information, visit www.manus.net

OSHA Issues Final Rule to Protect the Privacy of Workers

To protect worker privacy, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule that eliminates the requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and OSHA Form 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report) to OSHA each year. These establishments are still required to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses).

By preventing routine government collection of information that may be quite sensitive, including descriptions of workers’ injuries and body parts affected, OSHA is avoiding the risk that such information might be publicly disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This rule will better protect personally identifiable information or data that could be re-identified with a particular worker by removing the requirement for covered employers to submit their information from Forms 300 and 301. The final rule does not alter an employer’s duty to maintain OSHA Forms 300 and 301 on-site, and OSHA will continue to obtain these forms as needed through inspections and enforcement actions. 

In addition, this rule will allow OSHA to focus its resources on initiatives that its past experience has shown to be useful—including continued use of information from severe injury reports that helps target areas of concern, and seeking to fully utilize a large volume of data from Form 300A—rather than on collecting and processing information from Forms 300 and 301 with uncertain value for OSHA enforcement and compliance assistance.

The agency is also amending the recordkeeping regulation to require covered employers to electronically submit their Employer Identification Number with their information from Form 300A. The final rule’s requirement for employers to submit their EIN to OSHA electronically along with their information from OSHA Form 300A will make the data more useful for OSHA and BLS, and could reduce duplicative reporting burdens on employers in the future.

OSHA has determined that this final rule will allow OSHA to improve enforcement targeting and compliance assistance, protect worker privacy and safety, and decrease burden on employers.

Collection of Calendar Year 2018 information from the OSHA Form 300A began on January 2, 2019. The deadline for electronic submissions is March 2, 2019. 

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. 

For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

Concrete Roofing Tiles Available in Five New Colors

Boral Roofing LLCintroduces a collection of five new refined concrete roofing tile colors inspired by the natural beauty of California. Each of the new neutral shades is available in four tile profiles designed to complement the state’s three emerging home architectural styles – traditional, transitional and contemporary.  

“These exciting new additions to our high-performance roofing tile portfolio are the result of extensive research conducted into consumer and building trends nationally and within the state,” said Peter Chalmers, Product Manager of Boral Roofing. “Through this process we have identified trending and emerging colors and profiles to complement the home architecture styles of California.” 

Boral Roofing’s new hues celebrate the natural terrain and landscape of California. All considered darker neutral options, the sophisticated new shades include: Graphite, Sepia, Shadow Black, Oceana and Saddleback Blend. 

The new California collection boasts the same exceptional benefits as all of Boral Roofing’s concrete tile options. The collection offers a Class A fire rating, an important feature for roofing systems within a state prone to wildfires, as well as additional protections from the weather and elements. Energy efficiency is also a key feature of the tile, which dramatically reduces the electricity demands of the home, associated with both heating and cooling.

According to the company, the concrete tile is manufactured sustainably with locally-sourced, abundant and naturally occurring geologic material. Boral Roofing’s concrete tile is fully recyclable at the end of its life on the roof, reducing landfill waste.

The new concrete roof tile colors are now available throughout the state of California. The collection may be previewed at the International Roofing Expo Feb 11-13 in booth #933, at International Builders Show February 19-21 in booth # C4519, and in the California Colors Brochure. 

For more information, visit www.BoralRoof.com.

The Sprayfoam Show 2019 Convention & Expo Names Keynote Speaker

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the educational and technical resource to the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) industry, announced Ian Altman will deliver the keynote address at The Sprayfoam Show 2019 Convention & Expo. The largest annual event dedicated to Spray Polyurethane Foam, the convention will take place February 4 through 7 in Daytona Beach, Florida, and will include educational tracks, a robust exhibit hall, annual awards programs, onsite professional certification testing and much more.

“The Sprayfoam Show is the industry’s biggest event of the year and we are expecting the who’s who in spray foam to all be there,” said Tiffiny Flaim, president of the SPFA.  “This year’s exhibit hall is bigger than ever and we expect our Professional Certification Program testing sessions onsite to pull in a lot of participants. Our roster of speakers is also sure to provide the right mix of knowledge and entertainment. There’s something at this show for everyone.”

Ian Altman will present “A Modern Approach to Grow Your Business That Everyone Can Embrace, Even Your Customer,” a keynote address showcasing a unique approach to sales and marketing outlining concrete steps to achieve results rather than hype. Ian Altman is recognized for growing the value of his own companies from zero to over $1 billion and utilizes that experience to communicate insights that set organizations on the path to success. Altman’s keynote is scheduled for the morning of February 6.

Additional Sprayfoam Show General Session Featured Speakers include Tiffiny Flaim, who will provide insights into the current spray foam marketplace, and Geoff Ferrell, chief technology officer with Mandalay Homes, presenting “A Grid-Invisible Future-Focused Neighborhood and SPF” about a recent development in Arizona which is net zero energy and leverages spray foam insulation. 

The Sprayfoam Show 2019 Convention & Expo is anticipated to draw more than 1,200 of the industry’s participants to Daytona Beach. To be held at the Ocean Center, the event will feature: a 50,000-square-foot exhibit hall showcasing more than 95 booth displays; a four-day educational program including more than 30 break-out sessions; the 14th Annual Industry Excellence Awards; SPFA Annual Member Awards, honoring members who have demonstrated significant dedication to the betterment of the organization and industry at-large; the Annual Golf Tournament; SPFA Professional Certification Program testing onsite; VIP events; member and contractor-only events; an entertainment filled Closing Bash and Networking Party. 

“This truly is the one event that everyone interested in spray foam waits for all year,” says Kurt Riesenberg, executive director of the SPFA. “No matter what aspect of the industry they come from, our attendees consistently say this is a must attend event with tremendous value.”

Accella Polyurethane Systems is the Victory Lane Sponsor of The Sprayfoam Show 2019. Pole Position Sponsors include Chemours, Gacoä, Honeywell, Icynene-Lapolla, NCFI Polyurethanes, Polyurethane Machinery Corporation, SES Polyurethane Systems and Thermoseal. 

For more information, visit thesprayfoamshow.com and at www.sprayfoam.org/expo.