Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 signatory contractor Vogel Heating & Cooling collaborates to upgrade roof of Contemporary Art Museum

The Saint Louis Contemporary Art Museum received a new roof, rooftop safety additions and artistic metalwork thanks to the efforts of several local companies.

Western Specialty Contractors executed RoofTech Consulting’s design and hired Sheet Metal Workers Local 36’s signatory contractor Vogel Heating & Cooling to provide the sheet metal work for new ladders, safety railing, coping cap, and walkway to access the roof.

The work completed by Western consisted of the removal of moisture areas down to the structural metal and the replacement of insulation. The new fleece back TPO roofing system was then applied over the museum’s entire existing roof, and the skylights were reglazed.

“We came on this project and got started with no hesitation,” said Pat Carney, project manager of Western Specialty Contractors. “I am proud of our team’s execution and time management throughout the process.”

The project, complete with TPO, metalwork upgrades, and OSHA-approved access, was finalized within budget and on a tight one-month time frame.

“The building itself is truly a work of art and is considered an installation, no different than the art exhibited inside. Any changes to the exterior, including the roof, involved visual mock-ups, in-depth considerations, and group decision-making,” said Cale Prokopf, president of RoofTech Consulting, Inc. “As a third-party consultant, we are always pleased when the contractors can confidently implement our designs, and Western Specialty Contractors was able to make this project happen.”

Opened in 2003 and located in St. Louis City’s Grand Center Arts District, the 27,000-square-foot Contemporary Art Museum houses the works of aspiring and internationally recognized contemporary artists. Artwork is regularly exhibited in the museum on a rotating schedule.

“With the complexity of this project and such a tight deadline, we knew this would be no easy task,” said Lisa Melandri, executive director of the Contemporary Art Museum. “We were extremely pleased with the work done by (the skilled union craftsmen with)RoofTech Consulting and Western Specialty Contractors.”


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