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Month: January 2018

Project Spotlight: Detroit Observatory

One of the oldest buildings in Ann Arbor, the Detroit Observatory was built in 1852.

At that time it was outside of campus and city limits of Ann Arbor. As the city has grown it has encompassed the Observatory. It is one of the oldest observatories of its kind. CEI has been put to the test of restoring this amazing piece of architecture. The dome that is the highlight of the building is quite
the statement piece on its own. Adding to that statement is a new zinc-coated copper roof covering the dome. The dome has put CEI to the test and given them an excellent project to showcase there craftsmanship, attention to detail and skills when it comes to working with historical restorations.

 

 

 

Detroit Observatory- New Sheet Metal Roof

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Detroit Observatory Dome- Before

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Year, Same Roof

Make Your Roof Last Through The Winter Season

As we find ourselves in the dead of Winter, the photos below are an all too familiar scene. Snowy conditions are leaving facility owners and managers with extraordinary circumstances to deal with. The roofs across Michigan are no exception. The winter brings wind, ice and snow that together can create huge drifts on the roofs of buildings. Adding to all of this, below freezing temperatures are taking their toll. Besides the snow loads, splits, cracks and frozen drain pipes are the main culprits contributing to roof leaks. 

CEI’s Service Department Winter Note

To our service and repair customers,
We have not forgotten!
Service calls and work orders that were generated prior to the inclimate weather have not been forgotten. The ability to perform the work based on current conditions is reviewed daily.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we schedule through the winter!
Our goal is to serve in a timely, efficient manner- regardless of the elements. As service is requested, however, it is essential that we know if the leak is
1) contained
2) an emergency or a nuisance?
3) creating hazardous conditions for your workers or tenants.
If conditions do not allow for permanent repairs, temporary measures can be taken to stop the leaks, or in emergency situations, re-direct them. We will work with you to help solve your problems. Upon completion of our visit, we will leave the site in a condition that is acceptable to all parties involved.

Winter Tips- Keeping Your Roof in “Tip-Top” Shape

CEI’s veteran roofers have truly seen it all and when the winter months roll around they know that they will be facing bigger and more extreme issues with there roofs. This winter has been filled with snow, wind and cold temps. All of these factors can have an effect on the roof of your building. The winter season can lead to extraordinary circumstances to deal with. The roofs across Michigan are no exception.

From a roofing standpoint, the most familiar scenarios are 3-4 inches of ice directly on the roof, buried under 6-8 inches of snow. Based on wind conditions and the layout of the buildings, snow is accumulating and creating 5-6 foot drifts. Adding to all of this, below freezing temperatures are taking their toll on roof systems. Besides the snow loads, splits, cracks and frozen drain pipes are the main culprits contributing to roof leaks.

Here is what you can do to prevent large roof issues from happening this winter:

#1- Have Inspections: Getting your roof inspected can help identify problems early. The objectives of a professional inspection it to make sure that the roof and equipment are performing as intended, to notice any weaknesses ahead of time, identify repairs and then develop a plan to improving the roof condition. These visual inspections should happen at least twice a year (spring and fall); yet are ideal more frequently. During winter where there is a major freeze/thaw cycle then roof should be checked to make sure that the freezing has not caused any new damage.

 

#2- Get Repairs Done ASAP: Getting even the smallest of leaks repaired early can extend the life of your existing roof. Letting issues sit and go un-touched might lead to larger problems when snow and ice becomes a factor.

CEI’s service department’s goal is to serve in a timely, efficient manner- regardless of the elements. As service is requested, however, it is essential that we know if the leak is

1) contained

2) an emergency or a nuisance?

3) creating hazardous conditions for your workers or tenants.

If conditions do not allow for permanent repairs, temporary measures can be taken to stop the leaks, or in emergency situations, re-direct them. We will work with you to help solve your problems. Upon completion of our visit, we will leave the site in a condition that is acceptable to all parties involved. It will be discussed with service personnel to determine a course of action to repair permanently. As of late, and in an effort to keep costs down, most of these returns will not be completed until weather conditions allow.

 

#3- Develop a regular maintenance program: When snow comes we all plan on what were are going to do about the roads, our sidewalks and the parking lot…what about your roof? Having a regular maintenance plan in place is great for planning ahead and making sure that you are worry free all year long. Proper maintenance can increase the life expectancy of your roof, save you the high cost of roof replacement, protect your assets from costly damage, and allow you to plan and budget for future costs. 
Learn More About Roof Guardian Maintenance Program

Project Spotlight: Ann Arbor Municipal Center

A look at the CEI installed a green roof that helped the city of Ann Arbor earn Gold LEED status from the Green Building Council!

This project designed by Quinn Evans Architects provided CEI the opportunity to showcase their skills in single ply roofing, green roofing, and metal wall panels. The team-work with Clark Construction, the construction management company, made the process enjoyable and the end results speak for themselves. The Ann Arbor Municipal Center will remain a favorite in CEI’s portfolio for years to come!

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Project Spotlight: Detroit Public Safety Headquarters

A look at the CEI installed Metl-Span panels that transformed the exterior of the former MGM Casino building into the beautiful new facility now housing the Detroit Public Safety Headquarters!
This project designed by the architects at SmithGroupJJR used Metl-Span two inch insulated metal wall panels to capture a modern look on a budget. The Metal-Span panels allowed for an all in one application of the vapor barrier and insulation finished off with a low maintenance exterior that’s just as pleasing to the eye and as it was to the pocketbook. The detailed coordination efforts of general contractors White-Turner helped CEI and the other trades involved tackle the challenge of this mammoth installation project and add this prized piece to their showcases and to the City of Detroit’s!

Project Spotlight: US Embassy – Shanghai, China 

This tile and wood batten roof project revived a tired roof system, bringing back its class and charm. The original tiles and hook system to secure them were removed, cleaned and inspected for defects. The tiles that met CEI’s standards were then set aside for re-installation. The roof decking was repaired, new underlayment, wood battens, and copper flashings were installed and then a mix of the reusable and new tiles was installed. The logistics of this overseas project and the re-use of most of the original tiles made this a challenging but unique project that will remain a feather in CEI’s cap for years to come.

Project Spotlight: Crisler Center Arena

A look at the multiple stages, CEI installed roofing and metal wall panel project that not only gave a new vibe to one of the University of Michigan’s architectural gems but also incorporated safety features such as a railing system and permanent anchor tie off points, installed by other contractors, right into its design!

The challenging task of renovating and adding to the U of M’s Crisler Center Arena was broken into multiple projects. Working with general contractors Clark Construction, CEI installed EPDM roofing and standing seam metal roofing on the renovated main section of the arena. Then working with general contractors Spence Brothers CEI installed composite metal wall panels, EPDM roofing, PVC roofing, roofing pavers and sections of live green roofing across various portions of the new additions!

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