Historic structures can be found in abundance throughout South Carolina. Preserving those older buildings can be a challenge. The Rivers Education Center is one of those structures targeted for restoration and reuse.
Originally the site of the Royal Bay and Yarn Manufacturing Co. beginning in 1900, the masonry school building was converted to a school in 1938 and has been used over the years as an educational facility.
After closing in 2005, the school lay dormant for several years. Now, thanks to the redesign and renovation efforts of Davis & Floyd architects, the building should be open and ready for classes by 2012.
"The old slate roof did not meet current seismic and wind code requirements for our area," says Paul Ferrari with Davis & Floyd, Inc. "Our search for a similar looking tile roof led us to the Bellaforté polymer roof from DaVinci Roofscapes.
"The DaVinci imitation slate shingles is a great looking roof alternative to real slate and was accepted by the City of Charleston Commercial Corridor Design Review Board. There are 465 squares of Slate Gray Bellaforté tiles installed on this building. It looks perfect with the new copper gutters and downspouts we've added."
According to Ferrari, there is a long history in the south of preserving past structures. "Being able to incorporate the newest building materials with all their man-made advantages is a true asset on a project like this," says Ferrari. "We're able to beautifully replicate the old tile roof while providing the students and faculty with a roof overhead that will help protect them from unexpected acts of nature."
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