People looking toward the Ohio River from many of the tall
buildings in downtown Louisville, Ky., can catch a glimpse of the
six-story American Life & Accident Insurance Co.
building—and the largest privately owned vegetative roof
system in Kentucky, which recently was installed on the building by
Louisville-based American Roofing & Metal Co. Inc.
Even before the vegetative roof system was installed, the
40-year-old American Life & Accident Insurance building was
somewhat of a Louisville landmark. It was designed by well-known
German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who died during its
construction; the building is known as his last piece of art.
When it came time to replace the building's ailing roof system,
which was more than 20 years old, the building owner contacted
Louisville-based Turner Construction, which contacted American
Roofing & Metal.
"We originally were asked to provide budget numbers to reroof
with a two-ply polymer-modified bitumen roof system," says Troy
Huffman, American Roofing & Metal's project manager. "The
building owner is environmentally conscious and asked for a cool
roof coating. After the budget numbers were approved, we were asked
to look into...
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