Drexel Metals Inc. supplied Falzinc, a zinc-coated aluminum roof panel, for Bucks County Audubon Society’s office building to address leaks in its cedar shake roof. Dick Carroll, founder and former owner of Drexel Metals, was a member of Bucks County Audubon Society and has participated in bird counts and other events with the organization since the 1990s. The Bucks County Audubon Society’s board asked Carroll for help fixing its roof, and Carroll says he contacted Brian Partyka, executive vice president of business development at Drexel Metals about the project. “I was part of a group that looked at the building when the Audubon Society was thinking about buying it, so I was very familiar with the building,” Carroll says. “It’s a historic structure and the design is quite unique.”
Partyka says Carroll gave him his start in the industry. “[Carroll’s] love for birds and Bucks County, Pa., made it an easy decision to assist with this project,” he says. “Drexel Metals’ founder has a history with the Audubon Society, so it was important to us.”
The old cedar shake roofing, which was attached to wood lath and beams, was removed. Eiseman Construction Co. Inc. installed insulation board to the lath and beams to better insulate the building and serve as a deck for the metal roofing. Harvey Building Products fabricated 6,500 square feet of 16-inch-wide, 1 1/2-inch snap-lock Falzinc DMC 150 SL standing seam roof panels on-site. The project was completed in 2014.
Bucks County Audubon Society’s stated mission is to educate Bucks County residents about the natural world with an emphasis on energy and resource conservation including protecting birds, wildlife and habitats.
Owner: Bucks County Audubon Society, New Hope
Installer: Eiseman Construction Co. Inc., New Britain, Pa.
Fabricator: Harvey Building Products, Bethlehem, Pa., www.harveybp.com
Metal roof panels: Drexel Metals Inc., Louisville, Ky., www.drexelmetals.com