A college campus may include buildings that serve as residences, recreational facilities, arenas, hospitals, and more - not to mention academic facilties. With year-round activity and architectural character, an institution of higher learning is often the hub that an entire community grows around - the "college town." The vital role that a college plays in its community and in the lives of its students can't be interrupted by structural issues and leaks. See how Garland's approach helps colleges manage their complex facility portfolios.
Nestled in the beauty of New York’s Hudson Valley near the town of Poughkeepsie, Vassar College matches its idyllic surroundings with a famously picture-perfect campus. With an 8:1 professor-to student ratio, Vassar’s 2,430 undergrads also enjoy a great deal of individualized and personalized support for their educational needs. So when the roof of Vassar’s College Center building began failing, facility director Dean Jaeger knew it was time for action.
Farnham Hall is a classic-style residence hall on the campus of Southern Connecticut State University, a community of 11,000 students in New Haven. Originally built in 1964, the residence hall underwent renovations just a few years ago. But due to budget constraints, the roof was not included in that renovation project. With the roof in rough shape, school officials needed to find a way to tie a new roof system into the modernized building façade.
The university’s main priority was to protect (and not disrupt) the students moving back into the dorm at the end of the summer break. Plus, officials needed a solution that would protect their long standing commitment to sustainability and green initiatives. In 2007, SCSU signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) pledging to implement plans to go climate neutral and as a result, regularly ranks among the country’s “greenest” schools.
Roxbury Community College, located just outside of Boston, offers 24 different associate degree programs, sending graduates into the professional world with knowledge of Accounting, Nursing, Information Technology, and more. However, as their 25-year old roof began to leak, the operations team at RCC knew that they would need to bring in outside expertise from roofing and architecture to solve their problem. As RCC Vice President Andy Vidal relayed, “With four buildings to re-roof and unique architectural elements throughout, we wanted to make sure we had both and appreciation of design as well as an understanding of watertight performance.”
When you choose to work with Garland, you're gaining a full-service partner. Our proprietary Roof Asset Management tools give you visibility to all of your campus facilities. We help you prioritize what projects need to be done right away, and which ones can wait. You gain peace of mind knowing that the right work's being done at the right time - and that you have a handle on your capital expenses.
Whether it's UV-reflective roof coatings proven to lower the temperature both inside the building and at street level, restoration systems that reduce landfill waste, membranes that include 8 tires' worth of recycled crumb rubber in a single batch, or smog-reducing granules that actually clean the air of harmful particulates, we're constantly pushing to see what's possible for your school and our planet.
Our sustainable innovation never comes at the expense of watertight performance, though, because "There's nothing greener than a roof that lasts.™"
Colleges are complex, with buildings that serve multiple purposes - from arenas and swimming pools to dormitories and hospitals. In addition, each building often has a unique architectural character that must be maintained. Garland has the industry';s broadest portfolio of building envelope solutions for flat and sloped roofs. We'll support the design professionals on your project to find the system that enhances the character and function of each facility.
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