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Project Snapshot: Taft School
In order to install air conditioning in Taft School in Lockport, Illinois, the 1939 building needed a major mechanical systems upgrade. The existing roof on the school’s addition, which houses an auditorium, gymnasium, and stage, was more than 20 years old. Short-term patch work in 2009 extended the life of the old roof, but the time had come for a roof replacement.
Ridgeworth Roofing provided the lowest qualified bid during a public bid process and was then contracted to Berglund Construction Company for the project. Scott Piper of SPM Architects served as architect.
Working on a tight schedule with several other trades assigned to the project, the Ridgeworth team tore off two roof areas. The roofers replaced the old sections with a double-layered, fully adhered insulation system with staggered joints, which will allow the school to achieve maximum energy efficiencies. They then applied a fully adhered, fleece-backed Carlisle EPDM roof system with a 20-year warranty. The new roof meets current energy code requirements, and mechanicals were improved both under and on the roof of one section. The installation methods utilized by Ridgeworth, says Piper, “will greatly increase the system’s ‘real-world’ energy results.”
“Ridgeworth was very good to work with, as they always are,” says Piper. “The work was done very quickly, leaving the roof open for as little time as possible. The installation was done just as intended with a great deal of attention to the best industry practices.”
At one point during construction, existing roof-deck slope issues caused a small ponding area on site. Ridgeworth, Piper says, addressed the problem quickly with a workable solution.
“We have worked with Ridgworth for many years and we will continue to include them on each and every project bid list that we have,” says Piper. “They have always been competitively priced and the work is always above and beyond what we could hope for. Ridgeworth is the roofing company that we judge all others by.”
Ridgeworth Roofing is proud to have participated in this project. The new Carlisle EPDM roof system should serve School District #90 well for many years to come.
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