ROOFING FOR THE ICONIC ROOKERY BUILDING

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The Rookery was designed by Daniel Burnham and John Root with Frank Lloyd Wright redesigning the Light Court shortly after the building was opened. In 1970, the Rookery was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and declared an Official Chicago Landmark in 1972.

The re-roofing project at this landmark building presented logistical and scheduling issues that necessitated the work be performed by a highly experienced roofing contractor. With work being performed in the middle of the financial district, tight restrictions were placed on timing of debris removal, material delivery and noise-producing work. The work area involved a low slope roof in the center of the building and a 5/12 slope roof around the perimeter. The low slope roof surrounded a huge skylight and the sloped areas held extensive ductwork, adding another challenge to the re-roofing project. Custom fabricated sheet metal flashings were installed, accenting the extensively detailed structure.

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Project Description

Re-roof a historic and iconic landmark of Chicago

Capabilities Applied/Processes

Primary:
Roofing
Fabrication

  • Custom designed metal flashings

Secondary:
Roof coating

Expertise

Roofing

Overall Roof Dimensions

20,200 sq. ft.

Material Used

Sarnafil
G-410 80 mil fully adhered membrane
R-24 insulation

Scaffolding
Reflective coating

Challenges

Access to this building was very limited and could not impede day-to-day operations.
Due to heavily sloped areas, safety was the critical factor.

Addition Facts

Oldest 12 story standing high-rise in Chicago

Industry for Use

Financial industry

Timeframe

Late Summer – Fall 2008

  • Worked during the night (early mornings to 9:00pm)
Delivery Location

Chicago, Illinois

Standards Met

Customer specifications

Project Name

Iconic Building Roof