When the doors open at the Nursing Education Center at Thomas Edison State College in early 2016, students, faculty and area residents will be impressed with how well the new three-story structure fits into the overall campus design. Capping off the $26.2 million building sits a single-width slate polymer roof from DaVinci Roofscapes.
"We needed to reduce the weight and costs of the roof installation on the new Nursing Education Center, so we specified a polymer slate product," says Stephen Doyle, AIA, LEED AP with Clarke Caton Hintz in Trenton, N.J. "We were looking for a material with good roof reflectance values since the project is seeking LEED certification. And, we were looking for a product with exceptional warranties. DaVinci Roofscapes delivered all of these features and benefits.
"The DaVinci slate shingles have helped add a sense of timelessness to the project and fit well within the historic context of this site. We found they have the thickest profile simulating traditional slate roofing — better than other polymer slate products we've seen. The color options also allowed us to identify the Castle Gray-VariBlend of two shades of gray. This coordinates very well for this project and location."
For installation of the designer roof, the team turned to Advanced Roofing and Sheet Metal Company, professionals at commercial roofing projects in the north and central New Jersey areas.
"Our crew of six completed the polymer slate roofing installation in October," says Jake Arnold, project manager with Advanced Roofing and Sheet Metal Co. out of Bellville, N.J. "We've installed several other DaVinci roofs in the past, so we knew the quality of the product we were working with on this structure.
"We take our time to get it right on every roofing project. This one was no exception. The reward is at the end. We look up at this beautiful roof now and know that it will proudly reflect our workmanship, the quality of the roofing product and the overall design of the Nursing Education Center."
Sustainable roofing by DaVinci can be found on other campuses across the country. See "Fighting Irish" Fan of DaVinci Polymer Slate Roof and DaVinci Slate Roofs Specified on Washburn University Buildings.