Blackmore & Buckner Roofing Restores Multiple Roof Systems on the Birch Bayh Federal Building

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The roof system of the Birch Bayh Federal Building was completed in 2012 by Blackmore & Buckner Roofing, A Tecta America company.

Constructed in 1905, the Birch Bayh Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Indianapolis is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Its major interior spaces consist of first-floor lobbies connecting corridors and original courtrooms. Some of the most impressive interior features are Depression-era murals, marble floors and colored marble and plaster beam and panel ceilings with skylights.

In 2012, NRCA member Indianapolis-based Blackmore & Buckner Roofing, a Tecta America company, successfully renovated the building’s five roof systems without disrupting Indianapolis’ busy downtown traffic.

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The tear-off of one of the building’s five original roof systems.

In addition, Blackmore & Buckner Roofing, a Tecta America company, was able to overcome each roofing unique safety concerns for the its crew.

Earlier this year, Blackmore & Buckner Roofing, a Tecta America company, was recognized with NRCA’s Gold Circle Safety Award as well as an honorable mention in the Innovative Solutions: Reroofing category for the renovation of the roof of the Birch Bayh Federal Building.

During the tear-off of the original building, the roof systems were removed down to the concrete decks. Blackmore & Buckner Roofing, a Tecta America company, erected a scaffolding over a lower roof section to remove the tear-off debris. Work was performed after 6 p.m. to prevent disruptions to the federal building’s daily operations.

Despite the fact that the tear-off exposed two main historic courtrooms to potential leaks, Blackmore & Buckner Roofing, a Tecta America company, was able to ensure the building’s historical components such as hand-placed mosaic ceiling tiles remained intact and undamaged.

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The new vegetative roof system on the interior second-floor courtyard roof.

In addition to the new roof systems, Blackmore & Buckner Roofing, a Tecta America company, also assembled at 30,000-square-foot vegetative roof system on the interior second-floor courtyard roof.

Because each roofing location posed unique safety concerns, the company devised a safety plan for each roof system scenario, which included personal protective equipment, fall protection, hazardous warning lines and crane operations. This ensured a safe environment for the crew.

By the time of the project’s completion in September 2012, Blackmore & Buckner Roofing, a Tecta America company, was able to replace the Birch Bayh Federal Building’s five original roof systems and install a vegetative roof system without disrupting downtown Indianapolis.

“We managed to perform the tear-off and reroof of the building with minimal disruption and no damage to the interior or historical limestone,” says Steve Buckner, president of Blackmore & Buckner, a Tecta America company.

The company’s work on the Birch Bayh Federal Building is highlighted in the December 2015 issue of Professional Roofing magazine.

NRCA’s prestigious Gold Circle Award recognizes outstanding workmanship and contributions to the roofing industry, including unique roofing-related jobs, programs and services.

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