In 1895, Revra DePuy founded DePuy Manufacturing to deliver the first fiber splint to replace wooden barrel staves used to set bone fractures. The company was the world's first commercial manufacturer of orthopedic products. Each of the companies that currently comprise DePuy Synthes Cos. has a celebrated history, and each has evolved to meet the needs of a changing orthopedic and neurological marketplace.
In 2011, Johnson & Johnson merged with DePuy Synthes Cos. to create the first comprehensive portfolio of orthopedic and neurological products for joint reconstruction, trauma, spine, sports medicine, neurology, cranio-maxillofacial, power tools and biomaterials. These solutions enhance the quality of life for patients and aid doctors by allowing surgeons to perform complicated procedures with a high level of precision.
Built in the 1960s, the DePuy Synthes manufacturing facility in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., was designed using a built-up coal-tar pitch roof system secured to a Tectum deck. In 1998, the original roof system was re-covered with coal-tar pitch and gravel. Not long after the roof re-cover, the building began to experience leaks at the roof system's perimeter. After more than a decade of constant roof leaks, the facility's management team decided it was time to replace the roof system.
Advanced Roofing Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was invited by the roof consultant, BRI Consulting Corp., Palm Beach, Fla., to bid for the project and subsequently was selected to perform the tear-off and replacement of the building's 35,000-square-foot roof system.