The VA Boston Healthcare System, West Roxbury Campus was built in the 1940s and in need of a replacement for its shingled roof. As one of several Veterans Affairs hospitals in the greater Boston area, aesthetics and longevity were both important qualities for any construction materials to that would be used on a project of this nature. It’s not surprising that metal roofing – supplied by The Garland Company, Inc. – played a key role in the renovation.
The goal of this retrofit roofing project was to provide the medical center with a high-performance solution that guaranteed long-term, watertight protection. A life-cycle costing analysis was conducted, and supported the recommendation of replacing the shingled roof with a standing seam metal roof system, which will cost significantly less over the more than 30 year life of the roof. The existing roof system was removed down to the wooden deck and the 30-foot continuous standing seam panels, with no endlaps, were installed to achieve watertight integrity.
A total of 25,000 sq. ft. of Garland’s 22-gauge, 16-inch R-Mer® Span panels provide the durability and watertight integrity needed for a high-performance solution, guaranteeing long-term, leak-free protection. The standing seam metal system was chosen for this project for its industry-leading performance in windstorm and water penetration resistance and guaranteed long-term performance.
Garland is a single-source full-service manufacturer and covers the roof with a 30-year warranty. In addition, R-Mer Span panels are certified by UL Environment for their inclusion of 9 percent pre-consumer and 44 percent post-consumer recycled content.
The functional versatility of R-Mer Span was critical to the success of the project due to the various changes in plane and steep 5:12 slope of the roof. The Natural Patina panels also added aesthetic value to the medical center, originally built in the 1940s.
The VA Boston Healthcare System, West Roxbury Campus is part of the VA Boston Healthcare System, which is comprised of several facilities in the Boston area. The system is run by the U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs. The project engineer was Colin MacDonnell of the VA Boston Healthcare System, West Roxbury campus. The metal roofing contractor/installer was Capeway Roofing Systems, Inc. of Westport, MA.