BYU-Hawaii Reroof

Iconic University Library Gets a New Tile Roof

by Marc Dodson, editor


From Western Roofing Sep/Oct ’15


In 1954 the Church of the Latter-Day Saints announced the establishment of the Church College of Hawaii in Laie, on the island of Oahu. By 1958, the first permanent buildings were dedicated and about 1,200 students had enrolled. In 1974, the campus was renamed Brigham Young University-Hawaii (BYU–Hawaii).

Today, the 100-acre campus plays host to more than 2,500 students who represent over 70 different countries and cultures from the Pacific Rim, the U.S. mainland, and other parts of the world. BYU–Hawaii is closely linked with the nearby Polynesian Cultural Center, the number-one paid tourist attraction in Hawaii. Many BYU–Hawaii students work as performers, guides, food service personnel, and in a variety of other positions to help pay for their education.

An important part of the BYU-Hawaii campus is the vast Joseph F. Smith Library, and when it came time to reroof the facility, the college called on Mike Tory of Tory’s Roofing & Waterproofing, Pearl City, Hawaii. Tory’s Roofing was established in 1972 and is one of the largest roofing contractors in the state. Additionally, Mike Tory is the current president of the Western States Roofing Contractors Association.

The 585-square project required removing the old roof from the entire building, applying new 1 1/2” polyiso insulation, Boral TileSeal® underlayment, Boral Chestnut Brown tile, and numerous new SkyVault skylights manufactured by Solatube. Using a Gradall® Lift and scissor lifts, the six-man crew finished the project in about five months. The foreman on the project was Richard Guzon and the superintendent was Isaac Medeiros. The material supplier was Division X out of Honolulu, Hawaii.

According to Ernie Tulba, estimator for Tory’s Roofing, “The only problem was installing the skylights. Getting a scissors lift into the library and working around rows of books to access the underside of the roof was crucial to properly installing the skylights and skylight tubes.”

With the library’s reroofing project complete, BYU-Hawaii students now enjoy the advantages of skylights and a dry, secure environment in which to continue their studies.

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