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Roof raising: adding clear height to existing buildings


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Benefits of lifting the existing roof:

* Maximize cubic space. Convert buildings with insufficient ceiling heights into modern high-output facilities.
* No need for relocation. An ideal solution where the economics and logistics of relocating your operations are not feasible.
* Extremely fast compared to conventional reconstruction methods.
* Eliminate the need for additional real estate. Maintain the existing footprint of your building while increasing its capacity.
* Reduced construction costs. Minimize regulations, zoning restrictions, and taxes associated with new construction.
* Minimizes disruption of your business. Downtime is significantly less as the roof can be lifted complete or in sections without completely vacating.
* Eliminate major demolition. The cost and environmental impact by utilizing the existing roof structure, framework and services is minimal.
* Create opportunities for adaptive reuse. Add a mezzanine or second floor, or convert warehouses into office or retail facilities.

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Roof raising: adding clear height to existing buildings

  1. 1. Roof Raising: Rehabilitating Functionally Deficient Buildings
  2. 2. Functionally deficient: Low clear height buildings often lay vacant for years. With limited cubic space, these buildings are often demolished in order to build an entirely new structure. In some cases a additions to the building are constructed if the land is available. The environmental impact from waste, new materials, and excavated land are enormous.
  3. 3. A positive impact solution: By raising the existing roof of low clear height buildings, the negative environmental impact is eliminated. Too often ideally located buildings are overlooked simply due to the insufficient usable cubic space. Raising the entire roof intact, the monetary and environmental costs of demolition and new construction are significantly diminished.
  4. 4. Results that reduce costs: Once a building has been rehabilitated businesses are able to benefit in multiple ways. No additional land is used, but the property often has double or triple the usable cubic space it had when originally built. Buildings in prime locations will shorten the supply chain and ultimately reduce fuel consumption. During the process high efficiency systems are often installed to reduce energy costs.
  5. 5. Introduction <ul><li>The Roof Raising Solution </li></ul><ul><li>Who We Are </li></ul><ul><li>ROOFLIFTERS is a contracting firm specializing in hydraulically raising the existing roof of low clear height industrial and commercial buildings. </li></ul><ul><li>How Roof Raising Can Help You </li></ul><ul><li>By lifting the existing roof of a building, owners, contractors, and corporations across North America are forgoing the costs and negative environmental impact of demolishing and rebuilding functionally obsolete buildings. By adding usable cubic space through a simple resource friendly solution, companies are able to rehabilitate buildings that have diminished use. </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce the cost of new materials </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce demolition and its negative impact on the environment </li></ul><ul><li>Optimal use of location reduces transportation and fuel costs </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Renovate, Redevelop, Reposition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Buildings for lease or sale </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Market at higher clear heights and higher lease rates. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Developer / Investors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Purchase a property or portfolio, raise the roof and increase lease rates, sale prices, and profits while improving the value of your asset. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business Relocations / Expansions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Instead of spending months looking for ideal scenario’s, raise the roof on your existing facility. Or convert a facility that doesn’t require relocation from a logistics friendly area. </li></ul></ul></ul>Applications
  7. 7. <ul><li>Minimal new construction or demolition , which reduces the use of new resources and eliminates the damaging affect of creating waste. The entire existing roof structure is reused. </li></ul><ul><li>Limited expenses and downtime compared to relocating which often requires the purchase of suitable real estate, establishing a new local labor force, and expenses of moving inventory, machinery, and personnel. </li></ul><ul><li>Limited new material costs . The existing roof structure and framework is utilized. Existing lighting, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, sprinkler, and other ceiling systems remain intact, and rise with the roof. </li></ul><ul><li>Location advantages . Making use of a building that has a proximity closer to labor force and suppliers has a significant benefit in reducing fuel consumption and transportation costs. </li></ul><ul><li>No new land is needed. The expansion is upward rather than outward. The cost of real estate is often cost prohibitive in highly desirable urban commercial markets. </li></ul><ul><li>No heavy construction is needed - eliminating the negative environmental impact resulting from excavation and costs of new foundations. </li></ul><ul><li>Roof lifting is extremely fast compared to moving a company’s operation or demolishing and rebuilding a higher roof. </li></ul><ul><li>Roof lifting is very cost effective when compared to new construction – usually coming in any where from 25% to 50% of the cost of building new. </li></ul>The Roof Raising Impact
  8. 8. <ul><li>Albertsons / Jewel Food </li></ul><ul><li>Dry Grocery Expansion </li></ul><ul><li>Melrose Park, Illinois </li></ul><ul><li>Company required increased warehouse and distribution space. </li></ul><ul><li>A new suburban location would be costly to logistics and labor force. </li></ul><ul><li>Land locked site with limited expansion area. </li></ul><ul><li>Economics of building new and abandoning site was not feasible. </li></ul>Case Study: Albertsons / Jewel Food
  9. 9. <ul><li>Albertsons/Jewel Food Stores (cont.) </li></ul><ul><li>A six phase roof raising plan was developed for the existing 620,000 square foot facility. </li></ul><ul><li>The roof was raised 20 feet from 18’ to 38’ clear. </li></ul><ul><li>A new 156,000 square foot building expansion was completed in addition to lifting the existing roof. </li></ul><ul><li>Updated all building systems and added mechanized material handling features. </li></ul><ul><li>Roof raising and expansion increased capacity by more than 18 million cubic feet. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Analysis for a typical 100,000 SF industrial building. Increase clear height by 12 feet. *Note: For roof lifting ONLY. The typical cost can be as low as $3.00 per square foot! Cost Comparison: Roof raising vs alternative methods Included N/A N/A New Development charges Included Included N/A New steel deck $ 65.00 to $70.00 $ 26.00 to $28.00 $ 15.00 to $18.00 Cost per Square Foot Included Included Included General Conditions Included Included Included Perimeter cladding Included Included Included Masonry Included Included Included Sprinklers Included Included Included Electrical / Lighting Included Included Included Mechanical HVAC Included Included Included Roofing: new (cap flashing) Included Included Included Roofing: demo Included Included Included New steel columns N/A Included N/A Rework steel joists N/A N/A Included Lift the roof N/A Included Included Demolition New Construction Demo Roof & Rebuild Roof Lifting & Steel / Cladding *
  11. 11. Notable Projects Spokane, Washington Mt. Kisco, New York Bristol, Connecticut Solon, Ohio Toronto, Ontario Roseau, Minnesota Rochester, NY Lincoln, Nebraska Chicago, Illinois Winston-Salem, North Carolina Seattle, Washington Simcoe, Ontario London, Ontario Jersey City, New Jersey Atlanta, Georgia Detroit, Michigan Spartanburg, South Carolina Landover, Maryland Cleveland, Ohio Chicago, Illinois Des, Moines, Iowa LOCATION 22 ft. 8 ft. 32,000 Retail Future Shop 22 ft. 4 ft. 27,000 Retail Office Depot 28 ft. 16 ft. 250,000 Manufacturing Clarkwestern 32 ft. 12 ft. 10,000 Manufacturing L’Oreal 32 ft. 16 ft. 73,000 Distribution Planters Peanuts 24 ft. 6 ft. 33,000 Manufacturing Polaris 22 ft. 6 ft 93,000 Retail BJ’s Wholesale 22 ft. 6 ft. 32,000 Retail Linens N Things 28 ft. 6 ft. 35,000 Warehouse U-Stor-It 58 ft. 8 ft. 37,000 Office Wachovia Bank 50 ft. 20 ft. 32,000 Manufacturing Delta Marine 26 ft. 8 ft. 53,000 Distribution Simcoe Leaf 20 ft. 4 ft. 75,000 Retail Zellers 24 ft. 6 ft. 180,000 Printing New York Daily News 20 ft. 7 ft. 45,000 Retail Sports Authority 30 ft. 15 ft. 307,000 Warehouse General Motors 38 ft. 20 ft. 143,000 Warehouse Springs Industries 33 ft. 13 ft. 336,000 Warehouse Safeway 20 ft. 4 ft. 370,000 Manufacturing Ford Motor Company 38 ft. 20 ft. 620,000 Distribution Albertsons 21 ft. 5 ft. 50,000 Retail Home Depot NEW CLEAR HEIGHT HEIGHT LIFTED ROOF SIZE BUILDING TYPE CLIENT
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