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1863 Club At Saratoga Race Course

ATAS Copper Roof Crowns New Club At Racetrack

A stunning copper Field-Lok standing seam roof is showcased on the 1863 Club at the historic Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, NY. The building won first place for the category of commercial roofs in ATAS International’s project of the year awards for 2019.

The Saratoga Race Course opened in 1863 and is one of the oldest racetracks in America. The 1863 Club is one of the largest single investments to be made at the track since the clubhouse in 1928. Preservation of the historic character of the Saratoga Race Course was paramount for this project. The 36,000 square foot, three-story luxury facility overlooks the track with a walkway over the paddock that connects to the existing clubhouse, under which the horses pass on their way to the track.

The first floor is a banquet space called The Rail that can accommodate 500 people. The second floor has an exclusive members club, named Legends Hall, which can hold up to 100. The third floor offers five luxury suites designed for groups of up to 50, and an adjoining lounge. Vast views of the property are enjoyed from the balconies off the second and third floors.

Carl Veglia, Project Manager with Mid-State Industries, stated, “It was challenging to keep this project on schedule, so that it would be completed in time for the 2019 Saratoga Meet. Panels had to be ordered in several phases as the roof deck became available for field measurements. Knowing that the pressure of the deadline was high, ATAS’ turnaround/delivery time was accelerated and excellent for the duration of the project, which was completed on schedule. The combined efforts of ATAS, Mid-State Industries, Erie Materials, SOSH NY, Frost Hurff Architects, and MLB Construction Services made this project the success that it was.”

Special facets of this project, as shared by Veglia, included:

• Tapered panels on a radiused wraparound porch - mechanically seamed tapered panels are not commonly offered by most manufacturers

• Half-round 16 oz. copper gutters and downspouts by ATAS

• Seven finials custom crafted by Mid-State Industries, per architect’s design to complement historic finials on adjacent grandstand

• Multiple roof pitches and tie-ins to valleys, hips, and ridges at towers created challenging details

• All roofs were vented either at the ridge, the apron flashing at the walls, or through the Z clips attaching the finials

• 20-year weathertight warranty was provided, per specifications

The roof line on the 1863 Club was designed to harmonize with the existing copper and slate roof on the grandstand and clubhouse.

Approximately 18,000 square feet of 20 oz. copper Field-Lok panels were installed by Mid-State Industries of Schenectady, NY and were purchased through Erie Materials of Albany, NY. The architects for the project were SOSH NY of New York City, and Frost Hurff Architects of Saratoga Springs, NY. The contractor was MLB Construction Services of Malta, NY.

The Field-Lok panel chosen for this project has a 1-1/2” high seam, and the panel width is 19-7/8”, which is a custom size. Field-Lok is a standing seam panel system and is available in four different seam heights. The Triple-Lok design on the 2-3/8” seam height creates one of the strongest mechanically locked seams on the market today. The 2” seam height is a double-locked structural panel that can meet severe load requirements. The panels with 1-1/2” and 1” seam heights are non-structural, single-locked or double-locked, with standard plank ribs, and available as tapered and convex curved (with or without plank ribs). Factory panel pre-notching and optional factory-applied seam sealant is also available. In addition to being manufactured in copper, the 1-1/2” Field-Lok is also available in aluminum, metallic coated steel, 55% Al-Zn alloy coated steel with acrylic coating, zinc, and stainless steel. It is installed with an expansion clip and is mechanically seamed in the field.

About ATAS International Inc.

atas logo 1963Founded in 1963, ATAS International Inc. is a leading manufacturer of metal roofing, wall cladding, ceilings, perimeter edge metal, and accessories. The ATAS portfolio features an expansive selection of products available in aluminum, steel, zinc, stainless steel, and copper. Standard profiles include narrow and wide ribbed wall panels, corrugated styles, standing seam and batten seam roof systems, metal shingles, shakes, tiles, and more. Additional options include curved, tapered, and perforated panels; concealed or exposed fasteners; smooth or embossed textures; horizontal and vertical applications; and a choice of over 40 stock colors with 70% PVDF finish.

With sustainability at the forefront of modern building design, ATAS proudly supports green building objectives with high performance solutions, such as solar-ready roof panels, insulated metal panels, cool roofing products, and solar air heating wall panels. The ATAS team consists of product and market specialists that provide a high level of support for your project, from initial discovery and design to installation. ATAS has two ISO 9001:2015 certified manufacturing locations in the United States: the headquarters in Allentown, PA, and their facility in Mesa, AZ. ATAS also has a second location in Allentown, PA, and recently added a new manufacturing location in University Park, IL. For more information about ATAS International, visit or call 610.395.8445.

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