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ATAS Historic Project Wins Two AIA Awards

   Author: Stevi Jerrold
Location: Allentown, PA

Allentown, Pa., November 14, 2010—ATAS International, Inc. was honored that one of its historic renovation projects received two awards from the American Institute of Architects Greater Columbia Section. South Carolina State University’s Lowman Hall won an AIA South Carolina Citation Award and AIA Columbia Section Merit Award. Submissions were judged by an independent jury selected by the AIA Greater Columbia board of directors. The awards were presented during the biennial AIA Columbia Section Awards Ceremony on Sept. 30, and ATAS was a sponsor of the event.

Lowman Hall was reroofed in 2009 by Fort Roofing, Sumter, S.C. The architect for the project was Watson Tate Savory, Columbia, S.C., and the general contractor was Weber Construction Co., Orangeburg, S.C. The building was reroofed with 15,173 square feet of Techo Tile from ATAS. The 0.032-inch aluminum tiles have a Redwood embossed finish.

“The profiled metal roof adds detail to match the original photos, as well as a feeling of authenticity,” said John McLean, AIA, LEED AP, associate architect with Watson Tate Savory.

Located in Orangeburg, Lowman Hall is an office and administrative building that was closed for many years. It is the oldest building on campus, being built in 1917 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. Fire insurance maps indicated that the original roof was metal, but at some point the roof was replaced with asphalt shingles, which were failing. In 2006, a temporary roof made of building wrap was added to cover the many large holes in the roof. In addition to installing the ATAS roof, the restoration project included repairing the original interior finishes and exterior details. The building reopened in January 2010.

McLean noted: “The reason the restoration of Lowman Hall is worthy of an award is the building is important to generations of students and staff who have passed through South Carolina State University and the restoration of as much of the original building’s materials was done carefully to bring the building back to its former glory. It is one of the few remaining old buildings on the campus, and it sits at the top of the hill above the main university entrance in the heart of campus. For many reasons, the building had been abandoned and boarded up for more than a decade and was in a state of advanced decay. As dramatic as the before-and-after photos are, the fact that the history of the university is so strongly captured is what made the project so successful.”

ATAS President Dick Bus noted: “ATAS appreciates the recognition AIA Greater Columbia Section has bestowed with these awards, and we congratulate all those involved with this remarkable project. It is important to recognize that in today’s sustainable environment, the ultimate green construction is a retrofit project like Lowman Hall.”

Founded in 1963, ATAS International, Inc., a leading manufacturer of metal roofing, wall and ceiling panels, produces systems for commercial and residential buildings. The ATAS product line offers more than 20 profiles available in aluminum, steel, zinc and copper. These profiles include: standing and batten seams; corrugated; curved; tapered; shingles; tiles; shakes; and narrow or wide ribbed panels with hidden or exposed fasteners. Rainware, crown moulding and perimeter edge trim are also available with the same finish to match or accent a roofing or wall system. ATAS offers energy efficient building envelope technology, such as cool roofing products that are ENERGY STAR® qualified and InSpire, the transpired solar collector, which utilizes precision perforated metal panels to preheat ventilation air via solar energy. ATA-Solar, a building integrated photovoltaic product complements ATAS’ sustainable product offerings. Profiles are coated with a Kynar 500® PVDF or Hylar 5000® PVDF finish in 30 standard colors. ATAS has four manufacturing facilities in the United States: two facilities, including the headquarters, in Allentown, Pa.; one in Maryville, Tenn.; and one in Mesa, Ariz. All ATAS locations are certified to ISO 9001:2008 with design.

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