Aleppo Shriners Auditorium, Wilmington, Mass.
The Shriners Building Committee was looking for the most durable, long-lasting, low-maintenance roof available. Specialized Roofing and the Beacon Supply rep group put together specifications and a proposal and presented them to the Shriners Building Committee. After reviewing its options, the committee chose Specialized Roofing and a 90-mil black EPDM roof system with a 30-year warranty.
The auditorium’s existing roof consisted of a 17-year-old mechanically fastened PVC assembly atop a 30-year-old built-up system. Specialized Roofing began by removing everything down to the steel deck. Next, the crew installed 3 1/2-inch-thick 25 psi HP-H flat polyiso to keep the building warm and reduce its heating bills and energy consumption during the long Massachusetts winters.
After fastening the insulation every 2 square feet, Specialized Roofing’s crew fully adhered sheets of 10- by 100-foot black Sure-Seal EPDM with 6-inch Factory-Applied Tape (FAT). FAT improves the speed and quality of EPDM installations, as well as increases the reliability and performance of the seams. Black EPDM is a smart choice in cold, northern climates because it can reduce heating costs, decrease safety hazards from snow and ice accumulation, and diminish the potential for condensation problems that can negatively impact the roof system’s performance.
To complete the job, the contractors installed labor-saving prefabricated SecurEdge 3000 edge metal, providing a professional finished look. Once the roof was complete, it was inspected by a Carlisle Syntec Systems field service representative. Specialized Roofing’s quality workmanship was apparent and the Shriners received a 30-year Total System Warranty.
Roof System Manufacturer: Carlisle Syntec Systems
Formed in 1872, the Shriners organization is best known for colorful parades; the red fez hat worn by its members; and its official philanthropy, the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Built in 1977, the Shriners Auditorium has been home to hundreds of events, from conventions and concerts to rodeos and roller derbies. Unfortunately, by 2014, the roof of this iconic fundraising venue was in poor condition and the building was plagued by frequent leaks. The auditorium needed a high-quality roofing system that would provide long-term protection.
Founded in 1990, Specialized Roofing has earned a reputation for top-quality installations and excellent customer service. The company has operated under the same management team for more than 24 years, and most of its original crew members are still with the firm today. Specialized Roofing’s 25 years’ experience installing Carlisle roofs gave the Shriners organization confidence that the auditorium project would be completed quickly and efficiently with exceptional workmanship.
Extensive coordination and strict scheduling was required; the auditorium continued to host events throughout the roof replacement and had to remain open and accessible for attendees. In addition, there were 18 HVAC units and 24 interior drains on the rooftop, as well as fan curbs, vent pipes and steel columns.
Ernie Pearlstein, head of the Shriners Building Committee, states: “From start to finish, we have been extremely pleased with the way the project progressed. Everyone worked as a team and the roof was installed quickly with no disruption to business operations. The collaboration of the Shriners, Specialized Roofing, Carlisle and Beacon rep group allowed every phase of the project to go smoothly.”
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