University of Minnesota Goes Back to School with Roofing Preventive Inspection Program

March 25, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

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MINNEAPOLIS, March 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Seven years before Minnesota achieved statehood, the University of Minnesota was founded. Now celebrating its 170th anniversary, the public school has more than 280 buildings on its Twin Cities campus, and all of them are maintained of by Central Roofing Company.

Since 2014, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities has contracted Central Roofing Company to assure that the roofs on their campus structures stay in "Grade A" condition. The Preventive Maintenance Inspections (PMI) program is designed so that every foot of each rooftop is inspected, evaluated and reported on each year.

Walking the RooftopsEvery springtime teams of Central Roofing employees walk the rooftops of Twin Cities buildings on the East Bank, West Bank and St. Paul campuses. They remove debris, and clear all roof drains, scuppers and any other drainage discharge areas needing assistance.

"Some of the buildings have 15 to 20 roof sections," says Jared Mehring, project manager/estimator with Central Roofing Company in Minneapolis. "We document all of the repairs or deficiencies on each roof section along with the condition of the entire roof. This is a very detailed process that helps university officials know exactly the status of each building's roof."

Watching Out for the FutureHaving a comprehensive preventative maintenance program in place is a smart investment for the expansive 1,200+ acre university.

Kirk Richardson, Facilities Team Manager for the St. Paul campus at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, is pleased with the results of the ongoing PMI program. "Central Roofing quickly responds to our needs, and has strong follow-up and follow-through," says Richardson. "My role is to supervise the operation and maintenance of facilities that are in my work area. Naturally, each of these facilities has roofs. Having the PMI program has been very successful for us."

From Repairs to ReplacementsWhile the Central Roofing teams review the roof surfaces, they're also correcting deficiencies. Missing roof shingles, deteriorated roof areas or missing pieces of sheet metal flashing are repaired. Cracked roof walkway pavers or areas with ponding water are also fixed.

In recent years the Central Roofing team has replaced roofs on some of the largest structures on the school's campuses. These include roofs on the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Bell Museum (Minnesota's official natural history museum and planetarium), the Recreation and Wellness Center, the Jean K. Freeman Aquatics Center and the Weisman Art Museum. Several additional facilities that have also been reroofed include Pioneer Hall, the Veterinary Science Center, Willey Hall and Appleby Hall.

"In order for a commercial roofing system to run at optimal performance levels, it's necessary to have a maintenance strategy in place," says Mehring. "The PMI program makes certain that the roofs at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities stay clean, functional and protected."

Central Roofing Company is a nationally-certified woman-owned and operated private corporation. For details, visit www.CentralRoofing.com

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