Suncor Boys & Girls Club
Beginning with a gift of $1 million from Suncor and a $250,000 commitment from Commerce City along with a 2.5 acre land donation to build the facility, the Suncor Boys & Girls Club of America was the realization of a 10-year dream.
The new 20,000 square foot facility was developed on a parcel of land just two blocks from Kearney Middle School, convenient for kids, parents and caregivers. Part of a larger redevelopment of the former Mile High Greyhound Park, the new Suncor Boys & Girls Club is an anchor tenant in one of the area’s most exciting redevelopment projects.
The new Club features a learning center, an art room, a teen center, a commercial kitchen, a community garden, a social recreation area, a full-sized gymnasium and a STEM education lab with a tech center sponsored by Comcast and the Opus Foundation. Construction was completed early, in the mid-summer of 2015.
Denver-based Oz Architecture originated the space which in many features is designed to resemble a tree house. The one-story facility was the first development on the former Mile High Greyhound Park site after the park’s demolition in 2012. The new building will be able to serve more than 1,000 students, which is double what the nearby middle school can currently handle.
For this new construction project, United Materials would affix Johns Manville 60 mil EPDM roofing to cover 350 squares. Approximately 35% of the roofing covers office area rising one story, and 65% covers the gymnasium at a height of two stories. Because the gym used acoustical ceiling, all the insulation was applied with two-part polyurethane adhesive, so no holes would be necessary for the installation. For the office area roofing, the insulation was mechanically fastened with screws and fasteners, and the EPDM was fully adhered with a Johns Manville bonding adhesive.
The Johns Manville EPDM covered a minimum R-30 insulation, with a taper on the gym,
because the gym deck was flat. Because of the design and high walls, United installed
crickets, using them also on the bottom the deck where it was sloped. And then it tied into
two clear stories, where shingles were used.
United Materials also offered assistance in solving numerous flashing-related problems
that arose inside and outside. In a common oversight, there was a shortage of flashing
metals, and there were many places where the building came together where custom
fabricated flashings were necessary.
For instance, difficulties included flashing where construction elements came together,
such as where the roof went under the siding, into the extruded polystyrene, where
walls came into other walls, and where walls merged into windows, where walls met doors,
and where doors met blocks – all those kind of pieces need to be rethought so they were flashed correctly, or where the metal was put in for an aesthetic purpose, just to not leave raw edges; most was on the exterior, and some was on the interior. Because of the building design, United fabricate flashing in the areas mentioned, and above and below unique lines of the building design, for closures.
Two inches of extruded polystyrene was used, using nailers, and then siding - so when the other construction elements came together, there were significant gaps. United materials fabricated metal closures to close off the gaps to meet waterproofing requirements first, and aesthetic requirements almost simultaneously, as the gaps were not accounted for in the architectural design. United worked closely with, and walked through with the chief engineer and superintendent, and they asked United to help them solve these problems. Naturally, they worked together and accomplished overcoming each of them one at a time, in order to meet a “form and function” standard.
The project contained many traditional aspects of installation, as well as United taking part in problem-solving hurdles where waterproofing had to meet the demands of evolving aesthetics. For United however, the aspect of the project that was most satisfying was being part of a team where each member/onsite contractor donated 25% of their total labor and materials effort to the Suncor Boys &Girls Club. That is what made the building worthwhile. Giving back the community is what made the project special. Plumbers, civil engineers, those pouring concrete, architects, electricians, drywall installers, painters, carpet, siding, HVAC, wood floors, special concrete for the hockey rink, and window installers all showed a great deal of generosity.
Most importantly, this high-visibility accomplishment in a reemerging economic area received favorable coverage in the local, state, and national press. For United Materials, as a longtime supporter of the Boys & Girls Club of America, it was a rewarding project they were proud to take part.