After assessing the client’s needs and the engineering firm’s scope of work, TEMA Roofing installed a 60mil Firestone white EPDM roofing system with 20-year manufacturer warranty.
What is EPDM Rubber Roofing?
EPDM roofing is a time-tested roofing solution that checks all the boxes for a business’s needs while also being easy on the eye. EPDM roofs are highly popular with businesses in need of low-slope commercial roofing and offer two options: a black membrane (which is the most common) and a white membrane variant that has its own special layer on top made out of titanium dioxide (used to reflect the UV rays).
EPDM is widely recognized within the commercial roofing industry to be highly cost-effective while having a long life expectancy, being easy to install and environmentally friendly.
In October of 2020, TEMA began to remove the failing roof and worked in tandem with GDP Group to design and install a roofing system that Charles Schwab could trust.
Design-Build Team Streamlines Construction Services
The design-build approach—a single-source delivery system-–it isn’t just faster, it’s better. With design-build, the designer and the builder are on the same team.
It eliminates the middleman, reduces costs, expedites service and results in a better overall experience.
TEMA worked directly with GDP Group, headquartered in Akron, OH, to complete the Charles Schwab data center’s design-build project within scope and requested timeframe. Like they say, teamwork makes the dream work!
GDP’s design service team members were responsible for the project’s design work: putting together drawings for permitting purposes and working in concert with TEMA to specify and design the new roofing system.
EPDM Roofing with a 20-Year Warranty
The white Firestone 60mil EPDM roof that was installed included a 20-year manufacturer’s warranty, which helps to deliver peace of mind when investing in a new roofing asset. Firestone’s EPDM rubber compound is considered the industry’s premium-grade roofing membrane and offers durability, flexibility and UV resistance.
The 20-year Firestone Red Shield Limited Warranty offers material and labor coverage with comprehensive, no-dollar limit liability; “edge-to-edge” system coverage including membrane, insulation and metal; and, coverage that is transferable from owner-to-owner.
As part of the initial discovery and research, TEMA also noted that the building’s lightning protection was no longer up to code. That particular construction cost was rolled into the overall project cost, and a new lightning protection cable system that incorporated new lightning rod bases, rods and a grounding system was installed to meet code requirements.
To address the aggressive project timeframe, TEMA Roofing worked diligently to recognize and address the customer’s unique needs: adding COVID-related safety and health precautions, installing scaffolding to access the building’s roof from the outside, and reducing the number of subcontractors on the project. That type of progressive planning and unparalleled teamwork kept the project on track and within budget throughout the planning and design phase and into construction and completion.
TEMA Roofing’s Holistic Approach to Commercial Roofing
In addition to having a design-build construction focus, TEMA Roofing also works diligently to establish long term relationships with customers. Trust is essentially and plays a vital role in the longevity of a business relationship.
So, in working with the Charles Schwab data center, TEMA approached the project from a holistic perspective that kept the client informed:
- Weekly progress reports
- A site-specific safety plan
- Regular meetings
- Setup Charles Schwab’s client portal (which includes all project documents, along with specs, images, etc.)
- Put a maintenance agreement in place to service the roof going forward to make sure that the Firestone warranty remains intact
Commercial roof installation with TEMA Roofing means a job done right. What is a design-build project and how do those objectives equate to a better overall product?
Design-build means you have access to TEMA’s reliable, knowledgeable, union workforce.
Design-build means your entire project will be managed by a single entity, from start to finish, streamlining the build process and eliminating mistakes/oversights.
Design-build eliminates delays, procurement, separate contracts and overspending.
In the end, TEMA Roofing safely delivered a superior product while troubleshooting special requirements and keeping the customer fully informed. From start to finish, the design-build construction method kept Charles Schwab’s project on time and within budget.