International Truck/Navistar

Navistar EPDM Installation
Navistar EPDM Installation
Navistar EPDM Roof
Navistar EPDM Roof
Navistar EPDM Roof After Installation
Navistar EPDM Roof After Installation
Navistar EPDM Roof Install
Navistar EPDM Roof Install
Navistar Roof Before
Navistar Roof Before
Navistar Roof Before Replacement
Navistar Roof Before Replacement
Navistar Roofing Project
Navistar Roofing Project
Navistar Roof Removal
Navistar Roof Removal
Navistar Roof Repairs
Navistar Roof Repairs
 

Project Background:

All commercial roofing projects are risky affairs if handled by the wrong roofing contractor, but subjecting a facility with difficult-to-replace functions upon which a global corporation is dependent to these risks is unthinkable. That is why International Truck’s Brookfield, WI financial data center, called Navistar, in conjunction with a general contractor, Facility Services Group of Pewaukee, WI (known for their extreme perfectionism) called upon the resources of Roofed Right America.

The main facility roof was to be reroofed, over the entire secure corporate financial data center: the entire building is comprised of clean-rooms, server racks, power supplies, temperature control systems and backup facilities. These are the items most likely to be subjected catastrophic damage if debris, dust or water damage occurs. Not only is the roofing application over this data center the only waterproofing between the elements above and the computer systems below, but there are also an inordinate number of roof penetrations, which are time-consuming to install, and if incorrectly applied, are the first components to cause water intrusion.

Project Conditions:

The previous roofing installation was a fully-adhered EPDM roofing system which had begun to show signs of failure because of improper installation by the prior contractor; although fully-adhered EPDM is a trusted system in areas of roof with few penetrations, the building owner was more comfortable with a hot-air welded thermoplastic roofing application in which all of the field penetrations are protected by a thermoplastic flashing that is physically melted into the roof field with hot-air. The owner felt that this system, which does not require adhesives for waterproofing purposes like EPDM does, would better protect these vulnerable areas long-term. With such an inventory of computers and fragile financial data, we agree.

The existing roofing materials were 22,000 square feet covered by a four-ply Smooth Built-up Roofing System (SBUR) with SBS modified bitumen flashings. Over this installation, a fully-adhered 60 mil EPDM roofing system had been put in place and was failing.

Strategies and Results:

Protecting the equipment below from falling debris, dust particles, noises and all types of impact was as important to the building owner as water leakage problems. The computer equipment inside is highly susceptible to all types of damage; therefore we implemented measures similar to our Hospital Installation Procedures. Asbestos tests were performed to determine any unforeseen abatement issues, and an action plan was completed detailing the method for the removal of debris, the location of intake vents and other safety considerations.

The policy of Roofed Right America is to only open the amount of roofing area that can be completely watertight by the day’s end: on this project not only did we ensure that each day the roof remained watertight, but we also performed two complete and separate technical inspections over the areas completed before we moved on to the next section. This ensured all previous roofing sections remained impervious to water penetration and the computers remained protected below.

Hospitals, Computer Data Centers, Laboratory Complexes, Clean-Rooms and Research & Design Centers require a pristine working condition below the roofing installation. Roofed Right America provides the secure environment in which all situations can be properly handled without harmful disruption to even the most fragile of environments. Your perfect work space can be trusted to the best roofing crews: all types of asbestos and lead abatement can be seamlessly integrated into the roofing project if found, which we perform in-house with our meticulous technicians. No other contractor offers the high-priority jobsite management which keeps you protected during issues like these. Not only will you be certain of a perfect installation, but you can be assured that our tireless efforts will provide you with the peace-of-mind that no other company can offer while our crews are on your project!

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