In the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Hyatt Regency New Orleans was reported to be the most extensively damaged hotel in New Orleans. Because of the significant damage the 30-story building sustained, it has been closed to the public for two years while it undergoes significant repairs.
The hotel's roof system sustained major damage caused by high winds and falling glass. So Superior Commercial Roofing, Tucker, Ga., with whom Hyatt has a national account, was asked to remove and replace the damaged roof system.
A slow process
Work began on the 130,000-square-foot roof system Oct. 24, 2006. Removal of the existing roof system—which consisted of Performance Roof Systems Inc.'s three-ply Derbigum® membrane, a fiberglass-faced gypsum panel, polyisocyanurate insulation, and concrete and steel deck—proved to be challenging because of multiple roof elevations on the building's various levels.