The Fowlerville School District proposed a bond to go to vote in May of 2018. They are using the money to improve many of the schools building. They are a focusing on repairs for “Boilers, classrooms, instructional technology, and athletic fields”, according to a report from WHMI. Yet, the biggest project was replacing the shingle roof on Kreeger Elementary that was long due for repair.
CEI started the project in the middle of May. It is their first shingle roof project in over 10 years, making this an exciting project. The job included a full shingle tear off and replacement, as well as an addition of custom ridge vents fabricated by CEI’s sheet metal shop. Kreeger is a good change and gives the crews something different to work on. In the last 4 weeks, CEI has completed about half the reroof. They are still pushing forward as we begin to craft the ridge vents. The project is set to be done by August.
A CEI sheet metal project was honored with the 2018 Michigan Historical Preservation Award. CEI along with the rest of the teams on the restoration project were all presented with the award at the end of March. The specific award given to the project was the Preservation Gem Award. This award is given to completed projects within the last three years that focused on restoring one element of a building. This meaning the entire building is not being restored at the same time. CEI was a project participant on the restoration of the copper lanterns at University of Michigan’s West Hall. CEI worked hard to recreate the Lanterns at their in-house sheet metal shop and then installed them on-site.
MHPN featured the honorees on their facebook page last week.
“Today’s featured award is the West Hall Lantern Restoration, winner of a 2018 Preservation Gem Award. The lanterns marking the Denison Archway on the Albert Kahn-designed West Hall are one of the most prominent landmarks on the University of Michigan campus, ushering students onto the historic Diag since 1904. The copper-clad lanterns had suffered from weathering over the years, making restoration a priority for the University. The original copper cladding was carefully removed, restored, and re-installed over reconstructed and structurally strengthened framing, ensuring the longevity of these iconic lanterns. The restoration of the West Hall Lanterns is a fitting example of a building owner making the investment in a building to preserve its aesthetic and historic character for future generations.
Owner: University of Michigan
Engineer: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc.
General Contractor: Krull Construction
Sheet Metal Fabricator and Installer: CEI Group Michigan”
CEI completed a re-roof and wall panel project this past year at Saline Recreation Center. The project consisted of a flat roof job with EPDM and metal wall panels. The wall panels are definitely the highlight of the job as the cover about half of the building. The panels were made of a blue insulated metal and were crafted in-house at CEI’s sheet metal shop.
The Saline Rec Center is a host to amazing facilities for the people in the area. CEI was happy to provide a quality roof and wall panels to help keep the facility up to standard.
Opening day for the baseball season is just over the horizon. For Detroit Tigers fans this means many summer days spent sitting at Comerica Park and for some, it means to be hanging out on the Pepsi Porch!
The Pepsi Porch was a sheet metal project completed by CEI in 2014. The project included panels for the 416 bar rooftop. The renovation was small for Comerica Park and it was a small project for CEI. It was still complex and interesting showing off the sheet metal craftsmanship CEI is known for. The unique and new space for fans to enjoy the game. The improved Pepsi porch added plenty of new seating for fans back in 2014 and has been put to good use since then.
MLB.com did a video about the Pepsi porch back during its construction. It discusses all the features that were included for fans and shows some of CEI’s in-progress work during the time.
CEI is looking forward to warmer weather and baseball season. Go Tigers!
CEI finished up a sheet metal job in 2017 at Spartan Stadium. The south end zone of MSU’s football field was being remodeled to keep up with the number of fans who visit every game day. At the job, CEI installed composite panels. The project was short and small. It ran quickly spanning from the beginning of March into April.
“We had everything we needed to start the job and it is one of my favorite teams.” says CEI’s foreman on the job.
According to Ganger Construction, The single story addition was 20,000 square feet, it included 236 bathrooms and multiple new concession stands for fans and students. As well as, new ticket gates set away from the stadium to meet safety concerns.
Starting in August of 2017, the Walbridge yard job is located in New Hudson, Michigan. The job consisted of installing metal deck with flute fill insulation. CEI’s crews had to remove curbs on a high roof and patch holes in the deck. This job was short and successful ending in October of the same year. The best highlight of this job was it was free of safety violations and injuries. The simple job only consisted of one layer of insulation.
CEI foreman-Don said, “Everybody worked together, instead of against each other (on the job site).”
Teamwork and safety make for some of the best jobs.
CEI received a job in Arlington Texas less than a year ago, the job was for a roof on the new construction of an expansion to this assembly plant. The new $1.4 million expansion includes a paint shop and upgrades to the assembly plant overall. CEI started on the job in April of 2017 and finished up in September of the same year. The project consisted of a flat roof with a vapor barrier and 2 layers of I.S.O, metal wall panels, and flashed walls and pipes.
“I would say that my best job of 2017 was our Texas job, it was a nice, clean, wide-open job”- Ron Bailey, Foreman’
The Biological Science Building (BSB) located in Ann Arbor is one of the most unique roofing and sheet metal projects in CEI’s history. Started in 2016, the project has taken well over a year and is still being actively worked on. The 300,000 gross square foot building, will be used for a variety of student resources including research laboratories, classrooms, vivarium services, and the four museums. It also has connections to the current Life Sciences Building.
The project included new construction of a hot rubber roof, fully tapered and fully adhered with reinforced rubber. The second half was a sheet metal dome. As seen in the pictures the dome was created with galvanized 90 degreed marine grade plywood and 22gage bronzed stainless steel.
“I was ecstatic to have received the opportunity to apply myself in such a manner and thankful. Also relieved that I was able to accomplish the task of roofing an igloo in the middle of winter.” -Bill Ryan, Sheet Metal Foreman
The Fairlane Town Center is a located in Dearborn, MI. The former mall has been converted to office spaces for Ford Motor Company while they begin work on their 10-year project for two large campus headquarters. The Fairlane building was in need of small renovations of canopies over multiple entrances. CEI bid the Fairlane project in 2017 and have been working hard at it since.
A smaller project in size, it involves work only on a few entrance canopies. Each canopy involves interior and exterior composite wall panels with a small section of TPO roof on the top. The project is a big one for CEI because it is the first project that CEI is crafting there own composite panels. Over the course of 2017, CEI has been piecing together a composite panel shop. This adds a huge new division to CEI existing sheet metal shop. Ford Fairlane is the putting this new shop to work and the results are fantastic.
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.