The facilities campus at Kissing Tree includes swimming pools, a fitness center, pickleball courts, a golf course, bocce courts, horseshoe pits and a beer garden. Texas Traditions Roofing
Kissing Tree is a 1,300-acre gated community for residents 55 and over in San Marcos, Texas. The centerpiece is The Mix – a 20-acre activity campus with amenities for residents including indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, pickleball courts, a golf course, bocce courts, horseshoe pits, and a beer garden.
Texas Traditions Roofing did a variety of jobs on the project, including metal roofing, single-ply roofing, and wall panels for the fitness center and swimming center. They also provided a canopy for the comfort center, pool cabanas, and a covered walkway. The challenges of the project included the diverse work areas as well as the adaptation to a constantly changing schedule and the processing of several trades on a busy construction site.
As the work progressed under general contractor BEC Austin, the crews from Texas Traditions were ready to step in if necessary. “The project consisted of several buildings, so we just rolled when they were finished,” recalls Michael Pickel, Vice President of Texas Traditions Roofing. “When they were ready to do the TPO in the fitness center, we started right away. A couple of weeks later they were ready for metal and we let our metal guys out there. Then we went to the next building, be it the indoor pool or the comfort center, when they were done. There were multiple deals with the general contractor so we made sure we meet their expectations and be out there when we need to be out so they can open on time. “
The fitness center
Work on the fitness center began with the section of the TPO roof in the area where the HVAC units were supported. The crews mechanically fastened the two layers of 2.2-inch polyiso insulation together with the conical insulation to ensure proper drainage. “We attached it all together with a half-inch DensDeck and then glued the 60-mil GAF EverGuard TPO over it,” says Pickel. “We installed catwalk pads for the HVAC units and locked everything.”
The design included screens designed to shield the HVAC equipment from view. By the time the roofing work began, the base of the frame had already been installed through the deck, and the Texas Traditions crews set up castable pitch bags and boots. The screens were installed after the roofing work was completed.
Texas Traditions Roofing installed approximately 10,000 square feet of metal roofing, 5,000 square feet of TPO, and 2,500 square feet of Corten metal wall panels.
The roof was bordered by a very low parapet, so the safety plan included flags around the perimeter as well as personal fall protection equipment. “It’s not a huge, wide-open building, so it wasn’t ideal for safety reasons,” recalls Pickel. “You will have times when it is full up there. The crew members had to be tied around the circumference and when attaching the protective cap. “
The low slope area is cut through by a large plane of sloping metal roof. The metal roof consisted of Sheffield Metals mechanical 1-1 / 2-inch locking plates that were installed over the Sharkskin high temperature ice and water shield and wooden deck. “We rolled all the metal in the fitness center on site,” says Pickel. “There were multiple metal rides for each building, but the nice thing about the fitness center was that it was pretty easy. We simply cut the panels to length and installed them. We came back later and installed the awnings on the first floor from the same metal as well. “
The indoor pool
The swimming center also had a TPO roof on which the HVAC units were installed, as well as a large metal roof. “The indoor pool was fun,” says Pickel. “The TPO area was similar to the fitness center – cramped space, low parapet – but even smaller. There was a lot of detail work going on for such a small area. The difference was that the roof was structurally sloped from front to back so we didn’t have to install conical insulation. “
Pool buildings have critical considerations, says Pickel. “When you’re dealing with a pool – especially an indoor pool – you have several concerns to worry about, including condensation and chlorination. We think about all of these points when speaking to the GC to minimize future condensation issues. “
The metal roof at the swim center is made from 1.5-inch Sheffield Metals mechanical suture panels that are 110 feet long.
In consultation with the architect and the waterproofing company, it should be ensured that the structure can withstand high levels of moisture. “A lot has ensured that everyone understood what was going on below deck,” explains Pickel. “We had to make sure that they made the interior watertight – the substructure of the system. From a canopy standpoint, you don’t want water seeping through the ceiling and causing problems with the underside of the panels. We had to make sure the facility was good and watertight inside and out. “
After completing the TPO section, the crews moved onto the metal roof. “The metal plates were 110 feet long,” says Pickel. “We moved a panel all the way down because we didn’t want any breaks. It was only a floor up, but getting these panels up onto the roof without bending or scratching them was a challenge. “
Ultimately, the crews implemented a three-man pulley system to lift the panels onto the roof. “We moved a long panel at a time, nice and slow,” he says. “We had three or four people upstairs to get the panels into position. It’s no fun carrying 110 foot panels about 90 feet from end to end, but you do what you have to. “
Texas Traditions also installed a TPO roof on the comfort center (an outside toilet) and metal roofs on the open pool cabanas. “The cabanas were added later,” says Pickel. “Originally they wanted these roofs to be made of corrugated cardboard, but we told them it would look better if they were to work with the same sheet across the board. They agreed and opted for the 1 1/2 inch locking plates and semicircular gutters for a clean, professional look. “
The crews also covered the covered walkway with translucent KODA XT polycarbonate sheets. “It was something we hadn’t done before, which was kind of fun,” says Pickel. “It’s a specially designed panel – completely customer-specific.”
As it was the company’s first experience with the system, the manufacturer was on site to provide training and answer questions throughout the process. “There was good communication with the manufacturer through and through,” says Pickel.
The work didn’t stop on the roof. Texas Traditions also installed rust-colored Corten A606 wall panels in the swim center and fitness center. The panels were made to measure on site. “We actually made these out of flat sheets and bent everything on site. They were about 3 feet wide and 4 or 5 feet long. We literally cut a sheet, bent it up, cut the sides, and installed the panels. Each panel is locked and connected to each other. “
Texas Traditions prides itself on the many things that Kissing Tree does. “This project shows what we can do,” says Pickel. “We worked on different aspects of the project, from TPO to metal roofs, wall panels and sidewalks. Our crews have the ability to tackle anything from a normal, cut off residential or commercial exchange to cut up, detailed, custom metal roofs and metal wall panels. “
Challenges such as working with other professions and a shift schedule are part of every new construction project. “You have to be able to handle delays and last-minute changes,” says Pickel. “You just have to be willing to work with other people. Some roofers don’t like doing this, but it’s in the animal’s nature. If you want to do a new build, you have to work as a team. At the same time, you have to own your department, own your responsibilities. You can make life easier for others or make them much more difficult. You want to be a contractor with whom you can work well from the GC standpoint and with whom you can work well from the standpoint of other trades as well. “
General contractor: BEC Austin, Austin, Texas, becaustin.com
Architect: Marsh & Associates Inc., San Antonio, Texas, mai-architects.com
Roofer: Texas Traditions Roofing, Georgetown, Texas, texastraditionsroofing.com
Metal roof: 1.5 inch mechanical suture plates, Sheffield Metals, sheffieldmetals.com
Document: Sharkskin Ultra SA, Sharkskin, sharkskinroof.com
Single layer roof: 60,000 EverGuard TPO, GAF, gaf.com
Cover Board: 1/2 inch DensDeck, Georgia-Pacific, buildgp.com
Wall panels: Corten A606, Corten Roofing, cortenroofing.com
Polycarbonate sheets: KODA XT, 3form, 3-form.com