Architect: VRA Architects, Park Ridge, Ill., (847) 993-0200
The Hofbrauhaus-Chicago, which houses a brewery and restaurant, has plenty of rooftop equipment, so a pre-engineered modular rooftop framing system was designed to be used as architectural roofline embellishments, as well as equipment screens for the building.
“It’s located in a high visibility site, right off the 294 Expressway and there are buildings around,” says Mark Fruth, now a senior architect at Antunovich Associates, Chicago. (When this project was completed, Fruth was with VRA Architects.) “We wanted to present a mansard like the older-style building of the Hofbrauhaus in Munich. That building is more than 400 years old.”
For the Hofbrauhaus project, the modular rooftop framing manufacturer provided design and layout services, resulting in clear and user-friendly shop drawings and permit-ready engineered plans.
The framing system can be easily tilted back or angled so it gives the appearance of a mansard. The system is adjustable to meet aesthetic desires, as well as engineering requirements. In fact, installed at an angle for this project, the wind-load requirements were not as great as they would have been with a screen that was installed at a 90-degree angle.
After the watertight framing system was installed at the edge of most of the building, painted marine plywood was attached to serve as a solid substrate for Met-Tile. Met-Tile is a 26-gauge panelized metal roofing system designed to replicate the look of clay tile roofing. The bright red color matches the decorative standing-seam metal roofing at the entrance and catches the eye of passersby.
The roofing panels were installed at different lengths to conform to the architecturally varying wall heights of the building. The modular framing system, flexible in its design capabilities, easily allowed for those heights, varying from 8 to 12 feet.
PHOTO: ROOFSCREEN MANUFACTURING