Expert Design, Meticulous Execution Are Key to Gymnasium Re-Roof

Sometimes in roofing, you just have to roll with it. In Garland representative Jason Moronnolte’s case, field roll-forming steel panels on site was the perfect solution to conquer the tight barrel curved roof on the Matilija Junior High School Gymnasium in Ojai, California.

Ojai’s Bond Project Managers Adam Dutter and Alan White were dissatisfied with the state of Matilija’s gymnasium roof. Leaks in the existing shingle roof were not a new occurrence; Dutter, an alumnus of the middle school, recalled water cascading down the gymnasium walls back when he was a student. Luckily, Ojai already had a relationship with Moronnolte, who has completed around 50 projects with the school district, 20 of which were completed with Dutter and White. This close relationship between all parties allowed Moronnolte to truly understand the school’s needs and suggest a new roof to ensure leakage would be a plague of the past.

The 18-inch-wide steel panels were rolled on site and shaped to meet the exact radius of the barrel roof. Photos: The Garland Company Inc.

While the design might have been enough of a challenge, efforts had to be made to ensure the structure would be watertight. Dutter and White took Moronnolte’s recommendation of a single panel due to its sleek look and structural integrity. Garland’s R-Mer Span steel system was the perfect choice due to its cost-effectiveness and longevity. “The steel roof will outlast us,” Dutter says.

With a guarantee of longevity and watertight design, the students won’t have to worry about their alma mater’s roof structure for many years.

Challenging Installation

Due to the size and shape of the structure, the 18-inch-wide steel panel had to be curved to meet the exact profile and radius of the barrel shaped roof. This consisted of a 90-foot seamless panel, specifically designed to avoid stress and reduce oil-canning on the 24-gauge steel panels. The installation was a sight to behold; “Many people in the community drove by on the weekend just to see it,” says Dutter.

The flat portions of the roof were then coated in White-Star for added energy efficiency, waterproofing protection and tensile strength in compliance with California’s Title 24 cool roofing standards.

From turning away from a history of leaks and deteriorating infrastructure to field rolling the steel panels into exactly the shape the project required, this project was all about rolling with the punches (pun intended). Even when faced with the commonly occurring challenges that accompany intricate design and execution, Moronnolte was quickly able to mend and adapt thanks to his product expertise. He diligently monitored the progress of the project, understanding that an accurate installation would establish a strong service life for the new roof. Dutter appreciated the conscientious work. “Jason was very proactive and understood that our warranty was a priority, and he ensured us that it was his priority as well,” says Dutter.

Moronnolte’s diligence, RNT Architect’s design expertise, quality Garland products and community engagement all rolled into another successful project in Ojai.


Architect: RNT Architects, Ventura, California,

Roofing Contractor: Commercial Roofing Systems, Inc., Arcadia, California,


Metal Roof System: R-Mer Span, Garland,

Roof Coating: White-Star, Garland

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