2013 TectaAmerica Project of the Year
Ceres Hall is an academic building on the NDSU campus in Fargo, North Dakota. In spring of 2013, Schwickert’s was hired for a contract amount of $786,246 for removal of the existing cedar shake on the 19,500 square foot roof down to the existing 3/4 inch tongue and groove wood deck and installing ice and water shield over the entire deck followed by a 16 inch wide 24 gauge single lock standing seam metal roof. In addition to the standing seam metal roof, other scope items included replacing all downspouts, installing EPDM wrapped gutters and valleys, attic ventilation upgrades, window replacement, and removing all paint on the soffits and fascia, which was all lead based paint.
The most difficult part of this project was the almost overwhelming complexity of the roof structure. The roof ranged in slope from 7/12 to 21/12 and was 3 stories above the ground, which required the use of scaffolding and man-lifts with a limited number of set-up areas while keeping the facility fully operational. The roofs 11 dormers and 2 penthouses made the progress seem extremely slow due to the large amount of detail work required. Each detail required strict review with the manufacturer (Metal Sales), and the architect due to many of the details being customized solely for this project and the fact that the roof would have a 20-year weather-tight warranty attached to it. With a lot of details being changed sometimes as little as a day prior to needing to be installed, Tecta America Dakotas assisted in sheet metal fabrication in order to reduce lead times on custom items.
Other difficulties included weather conditions and coordination with the painter. The weather was inclement most of the first month of production of the project. Another significant part of the project taking extra safety precautions. Due to the remediation process of the lead paint, specific safety measures had to be taken. The project was completed in fall of 2013 and won TectaAmerica Project of the Year Award.