High-rise roofing

Tip Top Roofers tackles height, winds and limited roof access on the Georgia-Pacific Center

The 52-story Georgia-Pacific Center in Atlanta is a city landmark. Built in 1982, the 1,112,000-square-foot commercial office building features a distinctive stair-step shape with a pink granite exterior designed by the architectural team Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LP, Chicago.

Approaching its 30-year anniversary, the tower's roof system reached the end of its busy and productive life. Having been patched and repaired many times during the years, it faced leakage issues. At one point, it housed window-washing scaffolding, but within the past decade the scaffolding no longer was needed and was lowered down a ramp and temporarily housed in a storage room. In addition to leaks, a solution to the water intrusion on the ramp had to be addressed. With winter around the corner, Georgia-Pacific Center's building-management team decided there was no way around it—it was time for a new roof system.

Sustainable design

Roof consulting firm Merik Inc., Marietta, Ga., was asked to assess the current roof system and design a replacement.