Project Type: Heavy Industrial
Mitsubishi Polyester Film
RSI has successfully managed the roof assets for this complex manufacturing site since 1996. In 2003 RSI estimated three million dollars were needed in reroofing. A manufacturer negotiated a “single source” approach along with “heavily discounted” materials to management at the corporate level without RSI involvement. The manufacturer arranged to have specifications developed, conducted a pre-bid meeting with four contractors, and a bid review. Financing was also offered. This approach along with buying materials direct to reduce cost has been a smoke and mirrors ploy dating back to early 1980’s to lock in sales and profits. The plant engineers noted the bids came in close to two million over the RSI budgets.
Mitsubishi decided to hire RSI to design the project. The design included four manufactures including the one who just conducted the “single source” bidding. We kept their system unchanged. We matched the system with what all agreed were three equal alternates. The design included major upgrading in details and the removal of three sections previously bidding was calling to be recovered. Everyone expected the pricing to go higher.
The four contractors who had bid earlier were invited along with three more. Despite the increase in the scope of work, the bids came down almost two million dollars to the RSI budget. Even the original contractors who bid the original system lowered their pricing significantly. This opened eyes as they bid the same system with significantly higher detail standards. This project documented a common scam in the roofing industry. Roofing, Siding and Insulation (RSI) magazine wrote a feature article on this process.
Project Location: Greer, South Carolina
Project Time Frame: 1995 - Present
Scope of Work: Design & monitor application of new roofs to over ninety roof sections: Multi million dollar project.
Roofing Contractor: Simon Roofing, Radco Construction, Carolina Roofing
Roof System: Coal Tar BUR, Asphalt BUR & Modified Bitumen
Unique Benefit: Saved seven figures and improved quality of design. This is documented by a third party publication. A copy of the publication is available for review under articles.
Westinghouse Nuclear Fuel Production
Since 1996, RSI has managed Westinghouse’s roofs with its Solution Management Program (SMP). Roof Solutions has met many challenges at this facility. Initially we collected six figures in roof warranty relief. Another challenge is addressing the requirements of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). RSI has monitored the exterior and interior roof conditions at the facility to prevent what is referred to by the NRC as a “criticality.”
RSI has restored numerous membranes avoiding tear-offs that require addressing contaminated roof membranes. We have specified systems and approaches that best fit the individual roof’s needs. RSI has designed four radically different systems at this facility maximizing performance and minimizing cost. Siplast modified bitumen, Tremco cold BUR gravel surface, thermoplastic single ply, and coal tar pitch have all been successfully installed and maintained.
Project Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Project Time Frame: 1994 - Present
Scope of Work: Facility Roof Management: 400,000 sq. ft.
Roofing Contractor: Multiple contractors: Simon Roofing, Radco, Carolina
Roof System: Varies with individual roof criteria
Unique Benefit: Negotiated six figure roof warranty settlement in 1995.
Challenge: Numerous facilities, different locations, states etc. RSI designed and bid projects in multiple states in order to achieve best pricing for the client. Keeping with Milliken zero landfill policy, RSI helped source waste to energy vendors who could divert thousands of tons of waste from local landfills.
Under Management utilizing our Solutions Management Program (SMP) for over a decade, RSI has extensive experience handing the challenges of heavy industry and providing customized approaches to managing their assets. Auriga Polymers has trusted RSI to design and manage millions in reroofing projects over highly sensitive manufacturing process. High humidity, deck replacement and challenging access made all jobs increasingly difficult. RSI’s custom solutions involved new vapor barriers, moisture resistant mineral wool insulation and a heavy duty SBS modified bitumen roof system. A competitive bid process and project design and oversight by RSI ensured the client received a quality installation that would stand up to the harsh environment.