Darryl J. King Student Life Centre at King’s College, Western University Canada, London, Ontario
Roofing Contractor: Bullock & Sons Roofing, Sarnia, Ontario, (519) 383-6462
Architect: Perkins + Will, Ottawa, Ontario, and Cornerstone Architecture, London
General Contractor: K & L Construction, London
A 27,020-square-foot IKO Torchflex ArmourCool Granular Roofing System was installed. It includes the following materials:
- 2.5-inch IKOTherm Insulation hot mopped to another 2.5-inch layer of IKOTherm Insulation
- One layer of tapered insulation with fiberboard (2 to 4 percent slope)
- One layer of 1/2-inch fiberboard overlay
- IKO Modiflex MP-180-FS-Base Sheet, hot mopped
- Torchflex ArmourCool TP Capsheet
The project features an IKO Ice & Water Commercial Peel & Stick vapor barrier. The steel deck is covered with 1/2- inch DensDeck Roof Board. A 2,700-square-foot green roof completes the project.
Bullock & Sons Roofing chose IKO’s Torchflex ArmourCool Granular Roofing System because it delivers two benefits for the student life center: weather protection and a high- ly reflective surface. A two-ply reflective modified system, it incorporates a reinforced SBS modified bitumen cap sheet with highly reflective bright white mineral granules embedded into the top surface to reflect solar radiation.
ArmourCool Granular also exceeds the reflectivity requirements established by LEED SS7.2.
The Darryl J. King Student Life Centre at King’s College is a highly aesthetic and functional facility at the heart of Western University Canada’s campus. The 2-story multi-purpose center incorporates a variety of spaces created to serve students, including meeting rooms, learning lounge areas, a 490-seat auditorium, fitness center, game room and classrooms.
The roofing project was completed in three phases over a timeline of about 18 months. Work began with a reroof of the 11,000-square-foot library, which was completed in spring 2012.
The second phase included installation of a 16,000-square-foot roof for the new addition to the student life center. In the third and final phase, a 2,700-square-foot hybrid green roof system was installed on top of a section of the completed IKO roof assembly membrane and cap sheet.
“Our biggest challenge was accessing the library roof area and working around the building occupants while the project was in progress,” says Jim Bullock, president, Bullock & Sons Roofing. “Space was limited, so we had to build a special scaffold platform to work from, so we’d be away from doors and building access.”
The center is a LEED Silver-certified facility and received the Award of Excellence from the London Urban Design Awards and Award of Merit from the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) in 2015.