Projects: Offices/Manufacturing

Accident Fund Holdings Inc. Headquarters, Lansing, Mich.


Roofing Contractor: Bloom Roofing, Brighton, Mich.
Construction Manager: The Christman Co., Lansing
Architect of Record: HOK, St. Louis
Construction Engineer: Ruby + Associates Inc., Farmington Hills, Mich.

Roof Materials

Accident Fund Holdings Headquarters features a white TPO roof. PHOTO: Image Michigan and The Christman Co.

Accident Fund Holdings Headquarters features a white TPO roof. PHOTO: Image Michigan and The Christman Co.

An insulated cool roof minimizes the building and surrounding area’s heat-island effect.
White TPO Roof: Firestone Building Products Co.
Polyurethane-foam Adhesive: OMG Roofing Products
Caged Roof-hatch Grab Bars: LadderPort

Roof Report

Accident Fund Holdings, the nation’s 13th largest workers’ compensation insurer and a subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, has been headquartered in Lansing, Mich., for more than 100 years. When it outgrew its office, the firm’s leaders were determined to stay in Lansing.

By revitalizing the iconic Ottawa Street Power Station, which was built along the Grand River in 1939 but had been mostly abandoned since 1992, the company would have 9 stories and 122,000 square feet to grow into. To support Michigan’s economy, 106 of the 118 contracts and suppliers that participated in the project were Michigan-based firms and 54 of those were Lansing-based.

To remove existing building elements, including catwalks, elevator/ stair shafts, framing and platforms, the team cut two 40-foot-long by 20-foot-wide roof hatches so a crane operator could move about 8,900 pieces of steel in and out of the building while the floors were built from the bottom up.

Since Accident Fund moved into its new headquarters, the building has won numerous awards, including the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation from the state of Michigan and an Excellence in Economic Development Award from the Washington, D.C.-based International Economic Development Council. [Read more…]

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OMG Roofing Products Introduces the OMG Interactive App

OMG Interactive app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices

OMG Interactive app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices

OMG Roofing Products has introduced the OMG Interactive app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. The app, which is available as a free download from iTunes and the Google Play Store, lets roofing contractors calculate estimated labor and materials savings provided with OMG productivity tools by entering the roof parameters. The OMG Interactive app has separate calculators for OMG’s RhinoBond non-penetrating insulation and attachment system, OMG’s RhinoTrac automated insulation attachment tool, OMG’s AccuTrac stand-up insulation attachment system and OMG’s RetroDrain systems.

OMG to Distribute Tubos, Which Extend Vent Stacks on Commercial Roofs

OMG Roofing Products of Agawam, Mass., has become the exclusive worldwide distributor for Tubos Inc., a Clearwater, Fla.-based company that produces products for extending vent stacks on commercial roofs. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Tubos products, patent-pending, can be used to extend plumbing vent stacks that come through the roof. Vent stacks are connected to the plumbing for toilets and waste water, and are critical because they let air into the waste system for proper drainage, and they allow noxious gases to evacuate the building. The International Building Code specifies how tall vent stacks must be over the surface of the roof. Frequently, when re-roofing a commercial building the added insulation takes the existing vent stack out of code compliance. Tubos products are used in these situations.

“We are very pleased to have OMG Roofing Products as our exclusive distributor,” says Kevin Morris, CEO and founder of Tubos Inc. “With their strength in the commercial roofing market and the distribution channel, Tubos will be in a better position to service the entire commercial roofing market, here and abroad.”

“Tubos products solve a very real problem on the roof, and offer roofing contractors a significantly faster method for extending vent stacks,” adds Sam Everett, director of marketing for OMG Roofing Products. “OMG Tubos is a natural extension of our OlyFlow line of roof drains and pipe supports, and clearly meets our brand value statement of improving contractor productivity and enhancing roof system performance. Additionally, OMG Tubos provides a great new opportunity for our distributors, so we are really excited about this product.”

OMG will market the product under the OMG Tubos name. OMG Tubos products are compatible with 2-, 3- and 4-inch diameter plumbing vent stacks. Each Tubos unit is 28-inches long and can be used to extend two vent stacks. In addition, the Tubos product is typically installed in less than five minutes and is compatible with all commercial roofing systems.

OMG Roofing Products Is on Facebook

OMG Roofing Products has established a Facebook page.

The new page is designed to provide ongoing news and updates to the market. Planned content includes all information that supports the company’s brand promise of proving products and services that improve contractor productivity and enhance roof system performance.

As such, the page will focus on product and installation tips, upcoming webinars, trade shows and company activities, OMG field team information, as well as a variety of product and marketing programs and announcements.