Garland Concludes 125th Anniversary Initiatives with Donation to Neighborhood Healthcare and Rehabilitation Facility

The Garland Company, Inc. rounds off its 125th year anniversary charitable initiatives with a donation to Cityview Healthcare & Rehabilitation in its Cleveland neighborhood. The recipients of Garland’s multiple charitable initiatives throughout the historic year were chosen based on unique needs and community impact, and Cityview exhibited many qualities that made it the well-deserved bookend to these initiatives.

Cityview, located a few miles away from the Garland headquarters and in view of the Cleveland cityscape, serves around 125 residents, which seemed perfectly fitting to commemorate Garland’s 125th anniversary! Cityview serves as both short-term rehabilitation and long-term care for their residents ranging in age anywhere from their 20s to their 90s.

Due to the pandemic, Garland knew healthcare facilities such as Cityview would be experiencing a drastic shift in need. In addition to the healthcare items that are always appreciated, Cityview became in desperate need of devices to conduct telehealth appointments. With this in mind, Garland donated 25 iPads which residents can now utilize for telehealth appointments, and of course to play games for entertainment! 

On Dec. 18, 2020, a team of volunteers from Garland brought the iPads to Cityview along with nearly 100 pairs of gloves, hats and scarves, and 90 winter jackets to keep the residents warm in time for the approaching Cleveland winter. And the iPads won’t be the only things keeping the residents of Cityview entertained; close to 100 playing cards, colored pencils and activity books were donated as well. Without forgetting the immediate needs of the facility, Garland also donated 120 pre-packaged bags of toiletries containing shampoo, razors, toothbrushes and more.

The administrative team at Cityview invited the Garland employees to drop off the donations and receive their immense gratitude, noting that this donation was a true “Christmas miracle” for their facility. Anna Moehnert, Cityview’s corporate clinical liaison, thanked the Garland team: “We thank you and our residents definitely thank you, we really appreciate this nice gesture right now.”

For Garland, this year was categorized by both historic celebration and historic change throughout the world. Among the global hardships of the pandemic, there was no better year than this to fund these charitable initiatives. Throughout this unforgettable year, Garland was able to provide these supplies to Cityview as well as 125 backpacks of supplies to the local Miles Park School, a $15,000 donation to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, a $12,500 scholarship to an employee’s child and more than $9,500 in donations to the favorite charities of Garland’s employees.

“As we head into our now 126th year in business, we all feel a greater regard and responsibility to our community that we intend to build upon every year. This community has built and shaped us over our history and it is such an honor to be able to give back in these unique ways. We cannot celebrate our successes without recognizing the factors that got us to this place,” said Garland President David Sokol.

For more information, visit www.garlandco.com.

Garland Donates School Supplies and Backpacks to Local School in Celebration of 125th Anniversary

The Garland Company, Inc., located in Cleveland’s historic Union Miles neighborhood, is celebrating its 125th year in business by giving back in various ways, most recently to the community it calls home. Garland reached out to Miles Park School, an elementary school located just one street away from its corporate headquarters, to see how to best support the school’s needs, especially as students navigate virtual learning and varying access to resources amid the pandemic.

Garland employees then helped fill 125 backpacks with the necessary supplies for Miles Park’s kindergarten through eighth grade students. From pencils and crayons for kindergarteners to calculators and pocket dictionaries for eighth graders, employees enjoyed lending a hand and seeing the difference these supplies could make in the lives of the local students.

The students will be continuing online learning for the rest of the semester and will receive the backpacks, supplies and uniforms upon their return to the classroom. Miles Park principal Tamika Taylor-Ivory and assistant principal Christine Wade accepted the backpacks on the students’ behalf with sentiments of gratitude.

“Even though we are in another nine weeks of remote learning, the students will definitely need the supplies. Based on social distancing and protocols that limit the students’ use of lockers, these backpacks will be a great help when they return to the school. And of course, they will need the supplies of paper, pencils and everything else for all their studies. We are so appreciative of all the donations that will help our students here at Miles Park School,” said Taylor-Ivory.

The Miles Park School follows a profound motto: “Learners Today…Leaders Tomorrow.” With these backpacks of new school supplies, Garland believes these driven and talented students will be better equipped to prioritize their schoolwork to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Garland’s focus throughout its 125th anniversary year has been the slogan “Employee Built, Employee Owned.” A strong regard for ownership, cemented by Garland’s employee stock ownership plan (ESOP), is the cornerstone of Garland’s success and a driving principle for these charitable initiatives.

“This neighborhood has been our proud home for 125 years and it is such an honor to maintain our traditional values by continuing our long history of taking care of our communities. Even in these tough times, we are committed to finding new ways to give back and keep our neighbors and the great city of Cleveland thriving,” said Garland president David Sokol.

Garland’s charitable initiatives will not end here. In continued celebration of 125 years, Garland donated $15,000 as an exclusive sponsor for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank weekly distribution event Nov. 12, employees have donated over $7,000 to their favorite charities, an employee’s son was awarded a $12,500 scholarship for his college career, and additional initiatives are planned throughout the rest of this historic year.

For more information, visit www.garlandco.com.

Custom-Colored Metal Panels Create Standout Roof for Pennsylvania School

Approximately 18,000 square feet of 22-gauge Tite-Loc Plus panels in a custom finish help emphasize the angled gables topping the new school. Photos: hortonphotoinc.com

Latrobe Elementary School is a state-of-the-art facility featuring two-story classroom wings, a cafeteria with a stage, a full-prep kitchen, gymnasium, media center, science and technology classrooms, band/music rooms, a center for student creativity, administrative offices and support spaces designed to serve nearly 700 students.

Located outside of Pittsburgh in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, the school is within easy driving distance of several popular ski areas, and the building’s design, by Monroeville, Pennsylvania-based Axis Architecture, has a bit of a Swiss chalet in its roofline.

More than 18,000 square feet of Petersen’s Tite-Loc Plus roof panels in a distinct, custom Marquis Orange finish help emphasize the angled gables topping the new school. The 22-gauge panels, along with 3,800 square feet of .032 gauge PAC-750 soffit, complement the classic terra cotta-toned brick that clads the upper two-thirds of the school’s façade.

The roof also features low-slope sections where a hot asphalt roof system from The Garland Company was installed.  

Installing the Roof Systems

The roof systems were installed by Pennsylvania Roofing Systems (PRS), headquartered in Bakerstown, Pennsylvania. PRS handles all types of commercial roofing, including slate, tile, hot asphalt, built-up, single-ply and sheet metal.

The new construction project was appealing to the company for several reasons, including the size and the scopes of work that included metal and hot built-up roofing.

Crews from Pennsylvania Roofing Systems installed the metal panels, along with 3,800 square feet of .032 gauge PAC-750 soffit.

Two different crews tackled the metal roofs and flat roofs as the sections were being built by the general contractor, The Foreman Group.

On the low-slope sections, one crew installed the Garland hot asphalt roof system, consisting of insulation, base plies, and Garland’s modified cap sheet. Another crew tackled the metal roof, installing 16-inch-wide PAC-CLAD Tite-Loc Plus panels, which were mechanically seamed.

Pennsylvania Roofing Systems faced quite a challenge on this project as the acoustical deck for approximately half the building was running in the wrong direction. This posed a problem, as attaching the clips for the metal panels would perforate the acoustical deck. PRS came up with a solution to the problem. The company fabricated a 16-gauge hat channel that was installed over the acoustical decking, and the clips were fastened to it.  

The roof panels were rolled on the site. PRS used its own Series 1100 National Crane and a Skytrak to lift material to the roof. Crews also installed 3,800 square feet of .032 gauge PAC-750 soffit.

The Snow Guards

School administrators were concerned about mounting snow on the new metal roof and the safety of schoolchildren down below, so material supplier Brock Associates suggested installing ColorGard snow retention by S-5! The S-5! system is exclusively recommended by both Petersen, the roof manufacturer, and Brock Associates, the panel supplier.

The S-5! ColorGard snow retention system installed on 10 sections of the metal roof perfectly matches the roof color.

Manufactured from certified, high-tensile aluminum and extensively tested for load-to-failure results, ColorGard controls roof snow migration and dramatically reduces the risks associated with rooftop avalanches.

PRS installed the snow retention system on 10 sections of the metal roof. The non-penetrating system was easy to install and perfectly matches the roof color. After the panels are mechanically seamed, the non-penetrating S-5-V Clamps are installed. The ColorGard system features a continuous extruded aluminum crossmember, and strips of prepainted metal are slid into the face of ColorGard to match the roof.

Great Teamwork

The complicated project went smoothly, according to PRS, thanks in part to excellent coordination between the general contractor and various trades. PRS management noted the company selected Petersen’s PAC-CLAD products because of the manufacturer’s excellent local representation, including distributor Brock Associates. Petersen’s reputation for good field support also played a role in this selection.

TEAM

Architect: Axis Architecture, Monroeville, Pennsylvania, www.axisarchitecturepc.com

General Contractor: The Foreman Group, Zelienople, Pennsylvania, www.foremangroup.com

Roofing Contractor: Pennsylvania Roofing Systems, Bakerstown, Pennsylvania

Supplier: Brock Associates, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, www.brock-assoc.com

MATERIALS

Metal Panels: Tite-Loc Plus, PAC-CLAD | Petersen, www.pac-clad.com

Low-Slope Roof System: Three-Ply Mineral Mod Bit System in hot asphalt with two plies Type IV Felt and Stressply FR Mineral, The Garland Company, www.garlandco.com

Snow Retention System: ColorGard, S-5-V Clamps, VersaClip and SnoClip II, S-5! www.s-5.com

Carefully Engineered Metal Roof System Now Protects Cancer Center

Garland’s R-Mer Loc standing seam metal roof system provides the health center with proven watertight performance. The panels lock into one another, allowing for quick and easy installation. Photos: The Garland Company, Inc.

The original standing seam metal roof over the Cancer Center at CHI St. Joseph Health in Bryan, Texas, was peppered with white repair material at the seams, in the valleys, at transitions and around penetrations. At flashings or other complex details, sealants and single-ply membranes had been used to stop water intrusion. But the repairs, which appeared to have been done numerous times over the years, didn’t work. The roof continued to leak into the cancer treatment center, making it all the more critical to find a permanent solution.

Physicians Realty Trust, a real estate investment trust company, purchased the facility in 2016, and part of the purchase agreement required the real estate company to fix various issues within two years. The roof was given the highest priority. The building was constructed in 1996 and it had been added onto at one point, with the original roof tied into the new roof — creating additional waterproofing challenges. At the time of purchase, the original standing seam roof was only 20 years old, well under its expected service life.

A building envelope expert conducted a thorough inspection of the roof and deemed it beyond repair due to its faulty design and poor installation that had led to years of water intrusion. The roof was removed down to the wooden deck, revealing even more issues of rotted wood and wet insulation. Problem areas were cut out and replaced to provide a solid foundation for the new roof.

The design of the new roof system was carefully and meticulously engineered to ensure complete watertight protection of the more than 25,000-square-foot facility. The roof system as installed by TeamCraft Roofing, located in Garner, North Carolina. With the roof’s numerous slopes, hips, and valleys, it was critical that even the smallest details be given the utmost attention. As an indication of the complexity of this building, there were 292 different Garland R-Mer Loc metal panel sizes manufactured for the roof — each one designed to fit seamlessly next to the other to create a watertight seal.

In addition to its strength and proven performance, R-Mer Loc panels, as the name suggests, lock into one another, allowing for quick and easy installation. The integral standing seam design of R-Mer Loc provides excellent spanning capability as well as architectural appeal. The heavy-duty, 18-gauge one-piece concealed clip design accommodates thermal movement and its internal gutter/anti-siphon feature helps protect against the elements.

Prior to the installation of the metal panels, an ice and water shield underlayment was applied to the deck to provide an additional layer of watertight protection. The panels, once sorted and organized, were lifted to the roof by a crane. The facility remained operational throughout the installation, which took about three months to complete.

Garland is a full-service manufacturer, meaning in addition to the materials provided for the project, its local representative assisted with budgets, writing specifications, contractor selection, scheduling and project oversight. These services proved beneficial to Physicians Realty Trust, as its project manager was based in Colorado and relied heavily on Garland to manage the project.

“Projects like these are extremely complex when they involve a practicing clinic with typical weekday office hours,” says Ryan Yetzer, LEED GA and Capital Projects Manager with Physicians Realty Trust. “Thankfully, the Garland team and our highly-skilled onsite contractor closely monitored the project from start to finish. As a result, the installation ran very smoothly and our healthcare providers are pleased with the results.”

TEAM

Roofing Contractor: TeamCraft Roofing, Garner, North Carolina, https://tcrfg.com

MATERIALS

Metal Roof System: R-Mer Loc, The Garland Company, Inc., www.garlandco.com

Garland to Celebrate Milestone 125th Anniversary in 2020

The Garland Company, Inc., an employee-owned roofing and building envelope systems manufacturer with headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, will celebrate 125 years in business in 2020, joining a very small and elite group of companies to achieve such a milestone. Garland has been an innovative force in the roofing industry, developing numerous waterproofing technologies that have helped redefine performance expectations and set new standards worldwide.

Founded in 1895, the company’s humble beginnings took shape when Jacob B. Wise borrowed $100 from his brother to purchase Garland Refining Company, later renamed The Garland Company, Inc. The company moved to its current headquarters at 3800 East 91st Street in Cleveland’s Union-Miles neighborhood in 1919. There have been several additions and renovations to the building over the last century to accommodate growth, but the original building is still operational. 

Garland was reorganized and revitalized in 1974 when three entrepreneurial salesmen agreed to purchase the company from the original family. Along with building a successful business, the original three men and five others who later joined them wanted to create a culture that celebrated its employees and never wavered in its commitments. Part of achieving that included establishing an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) that provided ownership to each of Garland’s employees. The board of director’s simple desire to allow everyone to share in the ownership of the company has had an impact far beyond what they could have ever imagined.

“Ownership truly is a powerful motivator. It helps create a connection and an investment in a company like nothing else,” said David Sokol, Garland’s president since 2004. “To me, it’s very obvious that ownership means something to our employees. The level of success we have reached would not have been possible without our ESOP or the culture created because of it.”

Design Combines Modified and Metal Roofs to Achieve Performance and Aesthetic Goals

The new Cumberland County Technical Education Center in Vineland, New Jersey, features a modified bitumen roof system and metal mansards. Photos: Christian Scully/Design Imaging Studios

The original vocational school in New Jersey’s Cumberland County was located in an outlying area many miles from the high schools its students attended, creating transportation challenges for those enrolled. The vocational students would spend the first part of their day at a traditional high school before being transported by bus to the vocational school to participate in specialty courses such as carpentry, electrical, culinary arts and cosmetology, among others. In neighboring Gloucester County, a new model was established that allowed students to fulfill their core curriculum standards at the vocational school while also participating in the specialty courses.

The success of the new model convinced administrators at Cumberland County Technical Education Center (CCTEC) in Vineland, New Jersey, that it was an idea worth exploring. “That new model has really gained traction in New Jersey,” says Bob Garrison, president of Garrison Architects. “Let’s fulfill the core curriculum standards like English, math and science and stop wasting time busing the kids.”

The location chosen for the new school was in a more developed area of the county next to the local community college, increasing accessibility to students. Garrison Architects, who has extensive experience in the New Jersey K-12 and vocational school market, was retained to design the new school. The design team included the architectural firm, school administrators, a representative from the materials manufacturer and members from the state’s department of education.

Design Challenges

The demands of a vocational school and all the equipment required for the various specialty courses provided some design challenges. The shops, located at the back of the school, require a story and a half ceiling height, which differs from the rest of the building. The exhaust fans and other rooftop equipment required for those shops also complicated the design. The original proposed design of a low-sloped roof with parapet wall construction didn’t satisfy the aesthetic goals of school administrators, so they asked the design team to explore the use of a pitched roof. But as Garrison explains, “A pitched roof didn’t work with the width of the building.”

Approximately 187,000 square feet of Garland’s StressPly E FR Mineral modified bitumen membrane was installed as the cap sheet on the low-slope roof. Photos: Christian Scully/Design Imaging Studios

It was ultimately decided that a low-slope modified bitumen roof with metal mansards around the perimeter would achieve both the performance and aesthetic requirements. Garrison worked with The Garland Company, Inc. for the materials as well as help with details, drawings and project inspections. “We needed a company that could provide a high-quality warranted low-sloping system as well as the complementary metal system under one manufacturer,” Garrison says. “That way, the systems are married and it’s warrantable.”

Garland’s StressPly E FR Mineral eco-friendly modified bitumen membrane was installed as the cap sheet on the low-slope sections of the roof. The roof seams were heat welded, providing a seamless appearance across the 187,000-square-foot roof. The metal mansards along the sides and front of the building provide the illusion from the ground that the roof is sloped while also concealing some of the equipment on top of the building. Garland’s R-Mer Span 24-gauge patriot blue steel panels were installed on those mansards. The same panels, some with slopes as steep as 8:12, were used to custom-build the dome atop the clock tower at the main entrance, which serves as a centerpiece of the roof. The metal panels used over the barrel roofs on the gymnasium and cafeteria are continuous, eliminating all possibility of field leaks and contributing to the design the mansards promote.

Just two years after enrolling its first class of students, CCTEC has already developed plans for an expansion that will help accommodate the school’s demand for students focused on a health care path. The proposed 55,000-square-foot, $25 million building will connect directly to the main building via a hallway extension and will accommodate up to 200 students.

About the author: Bill Pancoast has more than 35 years of experience in the commercial roofing industry, providing long-term watertight solutions to a wide range of customers. He is highly knowledgeable in all aspects of the industry, providing his customers with invaluable technical support. He is a territory manager at The Garland Company, Inc.

TEAM

Architect: Garrison Architects, Bellmawr, New Jersey, http://garrisonarch.com

Roofing Contractor: Patriot Roofing Inc., Jobstown, New Jersey, www.patriotroof.com

MATERIALS

Metal Roof System: R-Mer Span, The Garland Company, Inc., www.garlandco.com

Modified Bitumen System: StressPly E FR Mineral, The Garland Company, Inc.

Garland Raises $56,000 for Santa’s Hide-A-Way Hollow Charity

As a part of its annual charity fund-raising event, The Garland Company, Inc. raised $56,000 to support Santa’s Hide-A-Way Hollow in its efforts to bring the spirit of Christmas joy to seriously and terminally ill children and their families year-round. Garland’s Spirit Week, now in its tenth year, is a weeklong event held at the company’s headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, dedicated to raising money for worthy causes through various fund-raising activities. Garland’s corporate employees as well as its sales representatives located through the United States, Canada and the U.K. all participated in the week of giving.

Garland’s support extended beyond just monetary contributions as many employees spent time volunteering at “The Hollow” – a 93-acre private park in Middlefield, Ohio, complete with elves, reindeer, a toy shop and bakery. “The Hollow” is designed to mimic the North Pole with every detail meticulously planned to create a truly magical escape for sick children and their families.

Garland employees Halle Trapp (left) and Taylor Miller help paint a fence on a pergola at Santa’s Hide-A-Way Hollow in Middlefield, Ohio. Several Garland employees volunteered their time at the private park in support of the charity.

Santa’s Hide-A-Way Hollow was founded in 1981 to bring the magic of Christmas to a family’s home, a hospital or to welcome friends and family members to the “The Hollow.” The personalized and extravagant memories this organization creates give families a very special Christmas celebration any time of year. The organization is 100 percent volunteer driven – no one receives a salary or fee.

“I am reminded every year during Spirit Week how truly incredible Garland’s employees are,” said Scott Craft, Garland’s vice president and general manager. “Even after doing this for 10 years, our employees are still just as enthusiastic and giving as they were the first year.” 

For more information, visit www.garlandco.com

Garland Industries Acquires Merchant & Evans, Expands Building Materials Portfolio

Garland Industries Inc. has acquired Merchant & Evans, Inc., a metal roof systems manufacturer, adding the company to its growing portfolio of building materials manufacturers and distributors. Garland Industries is a family of 18 vertically integrated companies with the majority of them specializing in developing and manufacturing waterproofing solutions for the industrial, commercial and residential markets.

According to the company, the addition of Merchant & Evans into the Garland Industries family will bolster product offerings and manufacturing capabilities of Garland’s existing metal business while also promoting the sharing of resources and collaboration on future product development.

Merchant & Evans has an expansive and diverse line of products, including metal roof systems; wall, fascia and soffit profiles; perimeter edge metal; and accessories. Merchant & Evans and its flagship ZIP-RIB product have strong, well-established reputations in the industry for performance and excellence. The company has a longstanding history of providing customers with a highly diversified line of products with numerous profiles, materials and finishes that allow them to accommodate the widest range of architectural aesthetics. Its tradition of excellence dates back to 1866. 

“This merger will not only allow us to better serve our customers by providing them with a wider array of product and service options, but it will also allow us to combine our expertise and resources to continue developing innovative and market-changing technology,” explained Joe Orlando, vice president of Garland Industries.

The Garland Company Inc. Joins NRCA’s One Voice Initiative

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced The Garland Company Inc., Cleveland, has joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative, joining NRCA as a partner member.

In 2017, NRCA launched its One Voice initiative to unite the roofing industry and speak with one voice about matters critical to the roofing industry’s continued success. To ensure all industry sectors are given an opportunity to participate, NRCA amended its bylaws to allow manufacturers, distributors, architects, engineers and consultants that choose to participate to become full members of the association, meaning they will be granted voting rights and eligible for leadership roles within the association. Previously, such rights were reserved only for contractor members.

“NRCA’s One Voice initiative offers a unique opportunity for the roofing industry to address the major issues we face. However, our work can only be accomplished with commitments from leaders from all sectors of this great industry,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “Only together as a roofing community can we take this transformational approach to address our issues and concerns and achieve success in the future.”

Issues currently affecting the roofing industry include workforce development and certification; advancing the industry’s public policy agenda; building codes and insurance; and increasing professionalism throughout the industry.

Joe Mellott, director of business development for The Garland Company, has joined NRCA’s Industry Executives Committee and will serve as a member of NRCA’s Government Relations Committee.

“It is critically important for roofing manufacturers like Garland to not only share their experience and expertise within the industry but also to have the ability to help create change,” said Mellott. “We are looking forward to joining NRCA’s One Voice initiative and witnessing the progress firsthand.”

For more information about NRCA and its One Voice initiative, go to www.nrca.net/onevoice.

For more information about The Garland Company, visit www.garlandco.com

Contractor Shows Versatility During Spectrum Field Restoration

Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Florida, is home to the Philadelphia Phillies in spring training and its minor league affiliate, the Clearwater Threshers. TarHeel Roofing replaced the main roof and restored and waterproofed the walls. Photo: TarHeel Corporation

TarHeel Corporation was founded as TarHeel Roofing in 1981. Headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida, the company specializes in commercial work including roofing, waterproofing, cladding, damp proofing, exterior renovations, lightning protection and sheet metal. According to John Looney, president and owner of TarHeel Corporation, the company’s name was changed to better reflect its ability to work on the entire building envelope, including above- and below-grade waterproofing. 

When nearby Spectrum Field needed roofing and waterproofing work, Looney saw the project as a perfect opportunity to show off the company’s versatility. The stadium is home to the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training, and it also serves as the home field for the team’s minor league affiliate, the Clearwater Threshers. “We’ve done a lot of sports complexes in the past,” notes Looney. 

TarHeel Roofing restored the roof two years ago, and this year the company waterproofed the walls. The scopes of work included cold-applied roofing, waterproofing, caulking, and glazing, as well as repairing the tie-ins to pedestrian deck areas. “There were a lot of little pieces here that were right in our wheelhouse,” Looney says. 

Roofs and Walls

When the stadium’s existing modified bitumen roof reached the end of its service life, the decision was made to restore it with Garland’s Energizer K Plus FR. “We used Garland’s Energizer system, a cold-applied system with polyester mesh and granule surfacing on it,” Looney notes. 

The roof was restored with Garland’s Energizer K Plus FR system, a cold-applied roofing restoration system with granular surfacing. Photo: The Garland Company Inc.

Some perimeter areas of the roof were removed and repaired after an infrared scan was used to detect any moisture, and then the entire roof surface was cleaned and primed. The fluid-applied system is installed in two coats with a polyester or fiberglass scrim sheet fully adhered into it. Immediately after the second coat, granules are broadcast over the entire surface. “The finished product is very good-looking,” says Looney. 

Work on the vertical surfaces began in September 2018. The complex features walls clad in an exterior insulation and finish system (EIFS), as well as concrete and concrete masonry unit (CMU) walls. “The EIFS, concrete, and CMU walls each required a different application, but the basic scope of work is the same for each, with some variations,” Looney says. 

The walls were first cleaned and repaired. After the walls were pressure washed, crews repaired and replaced caulking at windows, doors and other penetrations. Cracks were filled using Garland’s Green-Lock Sealant XL, a polyether joint sealant with no VOCs. “We took care of cracks in the concrete and any breaks, including damage from baseballs hitting it,” Looney says. “Once the surface was repaired, we moved on the coating application.”

Crews applied Garland’s Tuff-Coat acrylic architectural wall coating. The coating can be applied with either a sprayer or rollers. Both methods were used on the project, but the majority of the work was done with rollers. The tan color was a crucial concern for the owners, and up-front testing ensured the tint would match up perfectly on the various substrates. “There was also some striping involved for aesthetics,” notes Looney. “We put on a band of a darker accent color.”

Crews from TarHeel Roofing cleaned and repaired the walls and waterproofed them with Garland’s Tuff-Coat acrylic architectural wall coating. Photo: TarHeel Corporation

The schedule was sometimes adjusted to accommodate concerts and other events. “The most unusual thing is the actual use of the building, obviously, being a baseball park with a lot of public access,” he says. “It takes a beating from all of the use and people there.”

Accessing some of the wall areas on the site was the biggest challenge on the project, according to Looney. “If you can picture the typical ballfield, you’ve got anything from ground-level vertical walls up to walls tucked behind seating up in the grandstand,” he explains. “Logistically, the challenge was getting access to all of the areas, extending from public concourses all the way up to the owner’s boxes and suites. A lot of that work was done from ground level, actually out on the field, reaching up with big Hi-Los that extended over two or three sections of seating.”

When figuring out the best approach, safety is always the primary concern. “Safety is a big part of any project, beginning with preparation and layout,” Looney says. “Once we were awarded the job, we weighed working from ladders, swing stages, and man lifts. In this project, we opted to do most of it from man lifts because of the safety concerns inherent in working from ladders, swing stages, or even scaffolding in some of these areas.” 

Major-league workmanship is the key to earning repeat business, says Looney. “We don’t do much advertising,” he says. “To us, that means every job has to be done well enough to be asked back. We pay a lot of attention to the details, including safety and the setup. To us, the finished product has to be great — that’s a given — but also the journey, from the start to the completion, is important as well. We do a lot of work on hospitals, health care areas, and industrial sites where us being in the way really isn’t an option. We are very familiar with working around the needs of businesses. So from a logistics and detail point of view, we are very sensitive to making sure the ride is as good as it can be.”

TEAM

Roofing and Waterproofing Contractor: TarHeel Corporation, St. Petersburg, Florida, www.tarheelcorp.com

MATERIALS 

Roof Restoration System: Energizer K Plus FR, The Garland Company Inc., www.garlandco.com

Wall Coating: Tuff-Coat, The Garland Company Inc.

Joint Sealant: Green-Lock Sealant XL, The Garland Company Inc.