Project Profiles: Retail

Chicago Premium Outlets, Aurora, Ill.

Because 60-mil TPO was specified on 99 percent of the job, a RhinoBond system was Olsson Roofing’s solution of choice.

Because 60-mil TPO was specified on 99 percent of the job, a RhinoBond system was Olsson Roofing’s solution of choice.

TEAM

Roofing Contractor (a Johns Manville Summit Level Contractor): Olsson Roofing Co. Inc., Aurora
General Contractor: Graycor Inc., Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.
Architect/Specifier: FRCH Design Worldwide, Cincinnati

ROOF MATERIALS

The following materials were used during the new construction project:

  • One layer of 2-inch JM ENRGY 3
  • Polyisocyanurate insulation
  • One layer of 2 1/2-inch JM ENRGY 3
  • Polyisocyanurate insulation
  • 250,000 square feet of 60-mil JM TPO (white, tan and light gray)
  • RhinoBond Induction Welding System

Because 60-mil TPO was specified on 99 percent of the job, a RhinoBond system was Olsson Roofing’s solution of choice. “We knew that RhinoBond would contribute to a successful installation of the TPO since we were dealing with below-freezing temperatures for most of the first 90 days,” notes Mike Reynolds, senior project manager for Olsson Roofing. The majority of the roof surface features white TPO and the gallery roofs connecting the main buildings were tan; some canopies over walkways are gray.

Olsson Roofing used JM black EPDM for the parapet walls because the EPDM material is more flexible and easier to install in cold weather on vertical surfaces. The team appreciated the ability to mix the systems and keep the project moving forward during cold-weather installation.

Insulation, TPO, EPDM Manufacturer: Johns Manville
RhinoBond Induction Welding System Manufacturer: OMG Roofing Products

ROOF REPORT

The majority of the roof surface features white TPO and the gallery roofs connecting the main buildings were tan; some canopies over walkways are gray.

The majority of the roof surface features white TPO and the gallery roofs connecting the main buildings were tan; some canopies over walkways are gray.


The 250,000-square-foot expansion to the Chicago Premium Outlets was completed between January and May 2015. The grand opening was held Aug. 27, 2015.

The expansion includes 30 new or expanded stores; two new restaurants; 2,200 additional parking spaces; public art; outdoor fireplaces; and a large pond that includes a pier-like pavilion with tables, chairs and umbrellas. New anchor stores include Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th; Clarins; Robert Graham; and Wellensteyn, a Germany-based luxury coat maker.

The project team faced two major challenges. Because the roofing component fell between January and May, Olsson Roofing knew the job would be difficult because of weather. The second challenge was the schedule. “The Olsson Roofing Team worked several Saturdays and overtime to get the project finished as quickly as possible,” Reynolds says. “We even heated the inside of the buildings to melt the snow on the roof and shoveled areas to make room for the product on the roof.”

PHOTOS: Johns Manville

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