Mount Union College Peterson Field House
Sheffield Metals International Facilitates Installation Of Largest Single-Array, Thin-Film Solar Laminate Roof System In Ohio
Mount Union College’s Peterson Field House is now generating its own electricity, thanks to Sheffield Metals International (SMI). The Sheffield, Ohio-based company recently facilitated the installation of a 66,000 square foot photovoltaic roof system that ranks as the largest single-solar-array, thin-film laminate system in the state of Ohio.
Currently, the amount of energy being collected and converted is completely powering the field house’s two-story fitness center, which houses 16 treadmills, 14 ellipticals, 16 flat panel televisions and many other appliances.
Though data related to total kilowatts generated is still being collected, the system is operating at a level that would power seven homes for more than a year, and is projected to offset a large percentage of the field house’s total electrical operating costs.
Sheffield Metals Vice President of Business Development, Jason Watts, explained how the project’s complexities were addressed through a distinctive integration of roofing products.
“Mount Union College was in a unique position because the school was conducting a number of construction projects simultaneously,” Watts said. “The school was looking to not only reroof the Peterson Field House and install some type of solar application, but it was also constructing a completely new addition to the building as well.
“To meet all of these needs, we presented them with a solution that included a retrofitted roofing system for the existing field house, state of the art thin-film photovoltaic solar panels and a new highly reflective roof system for the addition,” Watts explained.
The three Sheffield products used for the project were:
• SOLR™ photovoltaic standing seam metal roofing. The product includes a 25-year warranty and an average 100 percent return on investment in 10 years or less.
• TOPR™ retrofit framing. This advanced retrofit framing system facilitates the installation of new metal roof systems over old. Economical and efficient, the system’s use lower labor costs, minimizes the disruption of building activities and improves the structural integrity of the overall roof assembly.
• COOLR®: sustainable, energy efficient roof coatings. The COOLR coatings family is comprised of pre-painted and acrylic coatings. These highly reflective pre-painted and acrylic coatings meet the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® performance criteria. COOLR-coated metals have been proven to last more than 35 years with minimal maintenance. The materials are produced using recycled content and are recyclable at the end of their useful service life.
Commercial Siding & Maintenance installed the products. Tim Lane, the company’s president, highlighted the congruity achieved between the products and the design scheme.
“The project was a perfect fit for the TOPR and SOLR products,” Lane said. “The TOPR retrofit roofing system enabled the new SOLR standing seam roof panels to indiscernibly transition between the existing structure and the addition. The result was a photovoltaic roof system that met the College’s engineering, power generation and aesthetic requirements.”
Mount Union College Director of Physical Plant, Blaine Lewis, oversaw the Peterson Field House project and points out fiscal benefits to the new roofing system, as well as the social responsibility aspects.
“As an institution, Mount Union College is committed to actively implementing renewable energy practices,” Lewis said. “The realized financial benefits allow us to direct more funding toward education. But, the intangible benefit of a system like this is that it teaches our students to be socially responsible. Renewable energy works, and it is the right thing to do.”
Unique to this project was SMI’s role in capitalizing on funding offered through the Ohio Department of Development’s Energy Office. Specifically, SMI ensured that the project met all the necessary standards to qualify for Ohio’s Advanced Energy Funds Grant.
“The state of Ohio is offering substantial grants to Ohio companies that implement certain energy saving elements into construction, especially solar energy solutions,” Watts stated. “Many business leaders are hesitant to apply for the grants because of the perceived detailed nature of the paperwork. With the Mount Union Project, SMI was able to manage the process and act as the primary consultant for the entire duration of the project. And, because of our knowledge of the grant requirements and filing procedures, the process was straightforward and seamless.”
Adding to the renewable energy benefits of the new system, Mount Union College will also be able to collect data from the system and utilize the information as an educational tool for both the Department of Biology and Department of Engineering.
Real time, in-depth analysis of energy production, as quantified through factors such as production by day, week and month, can be viewed by accessing a Web portal that’s available through a direct link on the SMI Web site, www.sheffieldmetals.com.
About Sheffield Metals
Sheffield Metals International is a leader in the manufacturing and distribution of coated and bare metal products. Sheffield Metals specializes in providing pre-painted galvanized, Galvalume® and aluminum for the architecturally designed metal panel industry. Sheffield’s sustainable products include TOPR Retrofit Roofing Solution and COOLR Energy Efficient Roofing Metal. Sheffield Metals provides a variety of value-added services including slitting, cut-to-length, applying strippable PVC and re-rolling, out of four facilities in Ohio, Georgia, Texas and Colorado and services the entire geographic United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. For more information, visit on the web at www.sheffieldmetals.com.