In 2015, Indiana’s community college system’s Kokomo campus, Ivy Tech Community College, faced necessary repairs to aging metal roofs on buildings constructed in the late 1970s and 1980s. Mike Karickhoff, Ivy Tech’s Executive Director of Facilities for the Kokomo Region, is no stranger to roof repairs and replacements. He manages more than 500,000 square feet of undercover facilities in the six central Indiana counties. One can imagine the constant roof repairs in his department.
Three Kokomo campus roofs with an area of 83,042 square feet were covered with factory-notched lower purlins from Roof Hugger of Lutz, FL, and a 180-degree, 24-gauge, double-locomotive roof panel system from Ceco Buildings of Columbus, MS, to provide a 20 year weatherproof standard III guarantee. The notched lower purlins of Dach Hugger made it possible to replace new metal roof panels over the existing metal roofs. These can be used over screwed or standing seam roof systems and can accommodate new standing seam or screw connection plates
The Ivy Tech project included the Automotive Technology Building, the Technology Building and the Learning Resource Center on the campus. The architect for the project was Darin Claxton of Dimensions Architects of Kokomo and the contractor was Love Contractors, Inc. of Gaston, IN.
The project, which was completed in spring 2016, was carried out by Love’s own crews under the direction of project manager Mike Cassillas. Love Contractors was founded in 1947 and employs around 20 people. About 25% of their work is metal roofing. Jeffrey Love, owner and president of Love Contractors, said the partnership between Roof Hugger and Ceco Buildings went smoothly and smoothly. This was Love’s first Roof Hugger project, and it won’t be the last, according to Love.
Other suppliers on the project included Curbs Plus, Inc. of Ringgold, GA, which supplied numerous retrofitted curbs, and Silvercote of Wentzville, MO, which supplied 2 “and 3” fiberglass insulation. Geramie Hancock, Ceco District Sales Manager, worked to put the package together and bring the suppliers and contractors to the table to complete this impressive metal-over-metal retrofit retrofit project.
Karickhoff of Ivy Tech noted that the construction of the project went exceptionally well during the installation of the new roofing system, with little disruption to the operation of the interior building and classroom teaching.