In 2015, the Kokomo campus of Indiana’s community college system, Ivy Tech Community College, was faced with needed repair of aging metal roofs on buildings constructed in the late 1970s and 1980s. Mike Karickhoff, executive director of Facilities for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region, is no stranger to roof repair and replacement. He manages more 500,000 square feet under roof in facilities across the region’s six central Indiana counties. One can imagine the constant roof repairs his department faces.
Three Kokomo campus roofs that covered 83,042 square feet were reroofed using structural factory-notched sub-purlins from Roof Hugger of Lutz, FL, and 24-gauge 180-degree Double-Lok roof panel system from Ceco Buildings of Columbus, MS, protected with a 20-year Standard III weather-tight warranty. Roof Hugger’s notched sub-purlins enabled replacement of new metal roof panels over the existing metal roofs. These can be used over screw-down or standing seam roof systems and can accommodate new standing seam or screw-down panels
Included in the Ivy Tech project were the Automotive Technology Building, the Technology Building, and the campus’ Learning Resource Center. The architect for the project was Darin Claxton of Dimensions Architects of Kokomo and the contractor was Love Contractors, Inc., of Gaston, IN.
Completed in Spring 2016, the project was performed by Love’s own crews led by project manager, Mike Cassillas. Started in 1947, Love Contractors has about 20 employees and about 25% of their work is metal roofing. Jeffrey Love, owner and president of Love Contractors, said the Roof Hugger/Ceco Buildings partnership went smoothly without any hitches. This was Love’s first Roof Hugger project, and, according to Love, it won’t be their last.
Other suppliers on the project were Curbs Plus, Inc. of Ringgold, GA, which furnished numerous retrofit type curbs, and Silvercote of Wentzville, MO, which supplied 2″ and 3″ unfaced fiberglass insulation. Geramie Hancock, district sales manager for Ceco, worked to put the package together and to bring the suppliers and contractors to the table to complete this impressive metal-over-metal retrofit reroofing project.
Ivy Tech’s Karickhoff remarked that the project construction went exceptionally well with very little disruption to the inside building operations and classroom instruction during the installation of the new roof system.