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Resort's long roof panels require special installation

Ware Malcomb designed a standing seam roof system for Madison, Wis.-based Great Wolf Resorts Inc.'s Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove Calif., with metal panels that run the full length from the eave to the ridge without panel splices.Ware Malcomb designed a standing seam roof system for Madison, Wis.-based Great Wolf Resorts Inc.'s Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove Calif., with metal panels that run the full length from the eave to the ridge without panel splices. Evans Roofing Co. installed 140,000 square feet of Berridge Manufacturing Co.'s Zee-Lock standing seam metal roof panels in Colonial Red for the project, which was completed in February 2016.

Great Wolf Lodge has steep roof slopes ranging from 3:12 to 12:12; some roof heights exceed 100 feet. Evans Roofing rollformed 160-foot-long panels with Berridge Manufacturing's SP-21 rollformer, which was placed on a custom platform that held it at the 5:12 roof slope angle in the bed of a lift-bed truck. The rollformer was raised to be even with the eave of the sloped roof and 10 installers spaced out at 16-foot intervals accepted the panels as they were formed. The installers were tethered to the sloped roofs with cables and moved the panels into position. Additionally, Evans Roofing installed a vapor barrier and composite insulation below the metal roof panels on top of wood and metal substrates.

Great Wolf Lodge features 105,000 square feet of waterpark rides, a nine-story hotel tower with 603 guest rooms, 30,000 square feet of conference space and five-level parking structure. Additionally, the resort has seven restaurants, retail space, a bowling alley, arcade and spa.

Architect: Ware Malcomb, Irvine, Calif.
General contractor: Turner Construction Co., New York City
Installer: Evans Roofing Co., Santa Ana, Calif.
Rollformer/metal roof panels: Berridge Manufacturing Co., San Antonio, www.berridge.com