Roofing with ingenuity

Alumni Roofing helps redesign the Avita Health System tower

In 2011, Ohio's Bucyrus Community Hospital and Galion Community Hospital merged to create the Avita Health System. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to providing extraordinary patient experiences and gives back to the community by providing care to patients needing financial assistance. The health system employs about 1,400 doctors, nurses and technicians who provide patient care in Ohio's Crawford, Marion and Richland counties.

In 2013, Avita Health System purchased a vacant, three-story, 185,000-square-foot building at Richmond Mall in Mansfield, Ohio, to be renovated into a medical facility to add to its 21 locations. Although selecting a building next to a mall may seem unorthodox for a hospital location, it specifically was chosen for its ease of location for patients, ample parking and having a solid structural foundation on which to remodel. The $50 million renovation would encompass several phases beginning in 2014.

During the project's first phase, Avita Health System required a plan for the building's tower that provided a screen wall to an archaic HVAC unit no longer needed. Built in 1972, the tower served as a local landmark for decades, so it was important for Avita Health System to maintain the building's focal point.

Unable to decide what to do with the space, the mall's management team referred Avita Health System to Alumni Roofing Co., Lexington, Ohio.