February 2012

February 2012

Happy New Year!!

On behalf of the entire staff at Stuart Berger Construction we would like to wish you a very Happy New Year and hope that 2012 will be better than last year.

ALERT

We have not seen the heavy snow fall that we had last year but is good advice and something to be aware of in connection with your current and future Butler buildings.

Winter Storms and Your Projects

We have not seen the heavy snow fall that we had last year but is good advice and something to be aware of in connection with your current and future Butler buildings.

EXCESSIVE SNOW ACCUMULATION

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Heavy and/or repeated snow storms can create packed snow and ice such that only a few feet of depth may weigh 50 psf or more, imposing unusual and excessive loads on any building structure. Blowing and drifting snow can easily double these loads and rain on snow can also cause significant load increases. An excessive accumulation of snow can cause a building to be loaded beyond design capacity creating a risk of building damage or even collapse.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Most snow related losses occur at stepped elevations where blowing snow is carried from the roof of a higher building onto the roof of a lower building. Such drifting normally occurs where the buildings are attached. However, drift loads can also form on closely adjacent buildings, over ridges, at valley conditions, behind parapets, next to rooftop units, and on below eave canopies or overhangs. Post construction changes to the building site, added higher buildings or significant tree growth, can also cause drifting where none was anticipated. Modifications to the structure, loads added after the original design (such as piping, roof units, hanging heaters, etc.) and prior damage to the structure are other areas of particular concern because they may have significantly reduced the capacity of the building to withstand snow loads.

WHAT TO DO

We recommend that you make your customers aware of the damage which can occur when excessive snow accumulation is present. Much of the public is unaware of the consequences of allowing snow build-up on their roofs. However, many property insurers are beginning to provide their insured’s with information on what to do in the event of a snow emergency, such as advising building owners to activate a snow watch and removal crew to monitor snow depths and to remove excessive accumulations of snow from the roofs. Additional warnings from you may help prevent significant damage from occurring. Building owners should also be advised to keep drains and gutters clear of ice and snow to facilitate melting run-off. Ice and snow build-up can cause excessive loads even without drifts. Heat tapes in gutters and downspouts may assist in preventing ice build-up, except during extremely low temperatures. Building owners should also be aware of warning signs inside the building that may indicate excessive snow accumulation, including the deflection of purlins, the popping of ceiling tiles in dropped ceilings, and unusual noises. If any of these situations occur, the building owner should be advised to contact you immediately for assistance.

SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO DEAL WITH A ROOF NEAR COLLAPSING

Personnel safety is of utmost concern both during the shoring operation and during snow removal. Adequate precautions must be taken

If a roof is in danger of collapsing, the building should be immediately evacuated and the following emergency procedures are recommended:

  1. In many situations, the most effective solution is shoring of the purlins. In most large cities, commercial shoring service is available. If not, timbers may be used.
  2. In some cases, removing snow build-up may be sufficient.
  3. Large industrial heaters inside the building may also assist in melting snow and ice from the roof.

IF THIS HAPPENS TO YOU CALL US RIGHT AWAY 516-887-8953 AND WE WILL HELP YOU OUT.

Did you Know?

How to Put a Lid on Soaring Energy Costs

When you put a thick fiberglass blanket between a long-lasting metal roof system and attractive metal liner panels, good things happen: Energy and maintenance costs go way down. You have condensation and sound control. And you have a neat finish to the underside of your roof. The ThermaLiner™ insulation system does all this, and meets even the strictest energy codes. Support brackets inside this cleverly engineered “sandwich” keep the unfaced fiberglass filling from being compressed and losing its thermal effectiveness. You choose the thickness of insulation you need to provide major savings in heating and cooling. The ThermaLiner system is available with three Butler® classics: the MR-24® standing seam roof system, the VSR II™ architectural standing seam roof system, and the Butlerib® II roof system. Three vapor-retardant options provide excellent condensation protection.

GOOD-LOOKING, EASY TO INSTALL

The system’s metal liner panels automatically provide a good-looking interior. No fiberglass insulation is exposed. The liner panels, which come in plain Galvalume® metal or painted white galvanized steel, are easy to keep clean-particularly in buildings with high dust residue. The liner panels also install quickly and easily with self-drilling screws. And because they go on first, they provide a safe work surface for the crew laying the insulation and roof panels, as well as fast temporary enclosure for protection against the weather.

ENERGY-EFFICIENT, COST-EFFECTIVE

Most snow related losses occur at stepped elevations where blowing snow is carried from the roof of a higher building onto the roof of a lower building. Such drifting normally occurs where the buildings are attached. However, drift loads can also form on closely adjacent buildings, over ridges, at valley conditions, behind parapets, next to rooftop units, and on below eave canopies or overhangs. Post construction changes to the building site, added higher buildings or significant tree growth, can also cause drifting where none was anticipated. Modifications to the structure, loads added after the original design (such as piping, roof units, hanging heaters, etc.) and prior damage to the structure are other areas of particular concern because they may have significantly reduced the capacity of the building to withstand snow loads.

This “metal sandwich” offers superior thermal efficiency and condensation control, too.

Progress Report

New Contract Awarded

Bank of America Corporate, Staten Island, NY
Expansion of teleport.

Allen Blvd, Farmingdale, NY
Replacing a wooden structure roof with steel rafters and a new Butler metal roof, over a existing masonry building.

150th Street, Jamaica, NY
Re-siding of second floor fire rebuild in lieu of Efis

Shields Institute
Erection of a storage building over and existing concrete pad.

Olmsted Annex, Flushing Meadow, NY
Construction of and Annex to the Olmsted Building.

Update on Current Projects

Jetro, Bronx, NY
200,000 sq ft retail – Completed

MTA Signal Room Fire Suppression, NY
5 small fire protection storage buildings – Completed

2nd Ave Subway Muck Building, NY, NY
Enclosed muck handling structure in the middle of Second Ave – Completed

SUNY Farmingdale, Suffolk, NY
A 20,000 sq ft storage facility – Completed

Botanical Gardens, Bronx, NY
12,000 sq ft maintenance facility – Completed

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Butler Builders® provide complete construction services with single-source responsibility
•  Reputable professionals with extensive knowledge of local building codes
•  Maximize your building’s performance with a complete Butler® system solution
•  Innovative structural, wall, and roof systems
•  Precision engineered for seamless integration