"Come back in 50 years and we're convinced we'll be as happy then as we are now," Godar said. "We considered a number of material options for the roofs. Frankly, we weren't familiar with Rheinzink. But we did a lot of research and found that it has been used extensively in Europe for years. Rheinzink provided the longevity that we sought. And their director of technical services, Georg Koslowski, made an informative presentation in conjunction with the roofing contractor. The material clearly met our needs, and we couldn't be happier with the outcome."
The Right ChoiceThe project was roofing contractor Carl Poe's first experience with Rheinzink. According to Poe, the president of Poe Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc., Montezuma, Iowa, "Other materials were considered, but the architect specified Rheinzink and it was definitely the right choice. The job was complicated since every building had a variety of complex curves combined with vertical facades. One building had a barrel roof with eight flattop dormers. That's a real challenge. The details were critical. The design also included an internal perimeter gutter system."
The project was designed by William Rawn Associates Architects, Inc., Boston. The new residence halls, all of which are connected by a covered walkway, were imagined as "pearls on a necklace" and define the eastern boundary of the campus. The variety in roof geometry achieves unique roofscapes while melding the natural zinc material and the Iowa sky.
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