One of the Triangle's educational success stories during the past 50 years has been the growth of Campbell University. And Baker Roofing has been a part of that story.
From a two-year college, the school today not only offers bachelor, master and doctorate degrees but also has the Adrian Wiggins Law School, the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business, a School of Education, Pharmacy School and now a medical sciences center that will offer a degree in osteopathic medicine.
The Leon Levine Medical Sciences Center opened in the fall of 2013, and it wears a Baker roof, a sloped, standing seam VMZinc roof and a fully adhered TPO roof on flat sections, according to Board Member and Senior Vice President Frank Baker.
The company also installed 7,500 sq. ft. of modular wall panels that were made in Baker Roofing's sheet metal shop, Peak Metal. "It's contemporary architecture and something distinctive," says Baker who was the company contact on the project.
"I was asked to attend a board of trustees meeting and helped discuss the benefits of a zinc roof. I told them it would last as long as anything on that building, and I explained we've done about 25 zinc roofs in the past five years," recounts Baker. Baker Roofing's partner and supplier for the zinc roofing and siding portion of the project was VMZinc, a division of Umicore Building Projects, USA, Inc. VMZinc which has its American headquarters in Raleigh, has been providing zinc products to the construction industry under the name VMZinc since 1993. Its precursors have provided zinc products (including the distinctive grey rooftops of Paris) since 1837. VMZinc and Baker Roofing have partnered on many significant installations, including the AIA Headquarters Building in Raleigh, Smedes Hall at St. Mary's College in Raleigh, and a number of projects at Duke University, including the Law School Library.
The building is two and three stories high. It contains 96,000 sq. ft. and about 50,000-sq. ft. roofing. It is located on the Buies Creek campus. "It's the first building in the medical school complex," says Baker. "The work went fine. You have to pay attention to details and be educated about zinc's expansion and contraction."
Baker complimented Campbell University on their first medical center building. "It's a lovely roof and it set a standard for the center. They made a big investment in the highest quality roof and it speaks to the commitment Campbell has made."