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SILICONE T Feature 62 SEPTEMBER 2018 COATINGSPROMAG.COM BY JENNIFER FRAKES PHOTOS COURTESY WEST ROOFING SYSTEMS Steep Slope Solutions on Iconic Roofs T he Colonnade Office Towers in Birmingham, A labama, are two adjacent office buildings with matching architectural design and gleaming red roofs. One building is six stories tall, and the other rises nine stories into the Birmingham skyline. Over the years, the big red towers have become quite famous, with residents and visitors alike using them as landmarks when giving direc- tions. "Everyone in Birmingham knows where the Colonnade Office Towers are located, especially since they can be seen for miles and are just off of the I-459 Birmingham bypass," said Jack Moore of West Roofing Systems. Recently, the Southern Company, a gas and electric utility holding company, decided to use the abandoned Colonnade Office Towers as the newest office buildings in their exten- sive network of facilities. A major renovation project was undertaken, w ith Hoar Construction taking the lead as the general contractor. T he plan was to house approximately 1,700 Southern Company employees at the Colonnade space, includ- ing some staff from dow ntow n Birmingham, and all employees from the former Inverness campus. According to Moore, the Southern Company was especially excited about the comple- tion of this project and having these 1,700 employees at the same facility. W hen West Roofing Systems was contacted by Hoar Construction, it was apparent that an experienced roofing contractor was needed. "One of the first major issues facing Hoar Construction was to come up with a solution to address the waterproofing concerns of the gigantic red roofs. e roof substrate is 20-gauge metal roof panel. It was structurally sound, but surface rust was evident over 25 percent of the field of the roof. In addition, the washers of the grommeted fasteners had failed. ese factors contributed to numerous leaks throughout the roof areas," explained Moore. According to him, the initial thoughts by the general contractor and the owner revolved around simply removing and replacing the aged metal roof system and installing a new metal roof system. "e Two landmark roofs in Birmingham, Alabama, needed to be restored. The red roofs were rusting and the washers were failing. West Roofing Systems out of nearby Huntsville was on task to waterproof the iconic roofs. ROOF

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