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Metal tops five roofs

Photo: Michael WrightAn economic expansion in Cushing, Okla., allowed the public schools to address some pressing needs at the high school. The campus is comprised of a group of buildings serving different needs, such as an auditorium, fieldhouse and main classroom building. They were all built in the 1960s and 70s, and the time had come for them to be updated for modern educational needs.

Led by the architecture firm of BWA Architects, the expansion and renovations were extensive across all the buildings, and all the buildings required a new roof. At that point, A-Lert Roof Systems stepped in and installed its proprietary standing seam roof system.

Michael Wright was the project manager for A-Lert and spent about a year in Cushing with his crew completing the project. "We started with the auditorium," he says. "It was coming toward the end of summer, the first part of fall. The eave height was 40 feet, so we had to get the roof-former machine up there to run panels on the upper sections. The lower sections, we framed a radius roof and also had a 4-foot overhang that we used 4-by-4 tubular framing to support."

The roofing material was a 22-gauge steel in Dorado Brown with a Kynar finish. In total, the crew installed more than 98,000 square feet of roofing as well as installing wall panels.

Every roof is different, and when you have five different roofs in the scope of one project, that provides a lot of variety. The gym and fieldhouse building project included the addition of locker rooms and coaches' offices. "We had to tie in the retrofit to the new framing," Wright says. "Our slopes needed to match the framing for the new addition."

Building up the roof and giving the buildings a new, integral profile, created a more contemporary edifice. Moving all the air handlers off the top of the buildings offered up a streamlined look that matches the modern look of the standing seam metal roof.

Architect: BWA Architects, Norman, Okla.,
General contractor: Lambert Construction Co., Stillwater, Okla.,
Metal roofing contractor: A-Lert Roof Systems, New Braunfels, Texas,
Metal roofing panels: A-Lert Roof Systems,

Photo: Michael Wright