Cornell University – Goldwin Smith Hall

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Building Owner:Cornell University
City / State:Ithaca, NY
Construction Manager:Welliver Construction
Specifier:SIMPSON GUMPERTZ & HEGER
General Contractor:LeChase Construction LLC
Project Info:Tear off existing slate and copper, including eaves & install new copper and slate.
Project Size:58,065 ft²
Roof System:Vermont Structural Slate and Revere Copper

The Charles F. Evans Company, Inc. was awarded the project through LeChase Construction, LLC, General Contractors on record for the project. This roofing restoration commenced in November 2013, with a crew ranging from 8 to 15 associates responsible for completing this difficult and challenging project. The scope of work was to remove the existing roof system which was comprised of 100 year old slate tile with copper aprons. The removal of existing roof occurred in small sections to keep the building sealed up during the winter months. The sections of underlayment in need of replacement were done immediately by the general contractor with temporary roofing installed by the Charles F. Evans Company, Inc.
As the weather broke in early 2014, Field Superintendent Brian Babcock and his crew of qualified union sheet metal associates began work installing 3,000 square feet of new soldered flat seamed, 20 ounce, cold rolled 6’ copper aprons. There was an additional 12,000 square feet of standing seam copper along with new copper flashings, gutters and downspouts; all Revere Copper Products. After this long and tedious process, the Charles F. Evans Co. Inc. roofing crew, led by Construction Manager Don Sewalt commenced work on the 34,500 square feet of 12” x 16”, 1/4” thick Vermont Structural slate tiles in hues of mottled green and purple.
The historical restoration as completed in May 2015, in spite of the challenges that the Charles F. Evans Company, Inc. faced. Some of those challenges included; providing 100 percent fall protection for steep roof operations, safe access to and from the work areas and the constant changing New York State weather, including record breaking snow and ice loads to extreme heat during the summer months. The completion of the Goldwin Smith Hall project will provide faculty and students with another testimonial to the University’s commitment to historical restoration. In the end, the Charles F. Evans Company, Inc. continued and strengthened their core values of quality, safety and uncompromising customer satisfaction on another Cornell University project. Charles F. Evans Company, Inc. is proud to have been a partner on this challenging and rewarding historical re-roofing project.


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