Omaha, NE – The Creighton University Administration Building, built in 1877, needed a new roof to protect the building that could also maintain the original look. Thankfully, the experts at Boone Brothers Commercial Roofing had both the passion and care to complete the project successfully. The building, a gift from Mary Lucretia Creighton, was built eleven years before the first bridge over the Missouri River to Omaha. A significant effort went into the year-long design phase to match the look of the initial standing seam tin roof. Between the teamwork of Rodney Hughes and his team at Boone Brothers, Fran Angeroth from Creighton University, and Sika’s Sam Nutting and Ken Baragary, a system was designed to mimic the original aesthetic.
We toured this incredible roof with Sika’s Dave Mills and Ken Baragary, Boone Brothers’ Rodney Hughes and Luke Hughes, and Creighton’s Pat McCluskey and Brian Besack. A Sika Roofing System was chosen for this unique project because of it’s high wind resistance and tin-color matching. After the roof was structurally repaired, Sarnafil PVC membrane was fully adhered to prevent leaking going forward. Décor Ribs installed on the roof provide a similar rippled look to the original soldered tin. Rodney told us the most challenging part of the project was working with the Integral Gutter System. Each piece of the Sika Sarnaclad galvanized metal was custom fabricated by the Boone Brothers’ Omaha shop and no two pieces were the same. Every piece of the Sarnaclad had to be numbered and mapped out before installation. However, the intensive process paid off, as the roof both looks fantastic and has not required maintenance since its installation in 2009.’
Safety was a major concern throughout this project due to the unusual shape of the roof and the active campus underneath. Permanent safety tie offs were installed to provide attachment even after the project was finished. During the process, the old skylights were removed and replaced by watertight Sunglo skylights. Interestingly, after one skylight was removed, a hand-cranked X-ray machine was lifted out of the attic by crane. The historic building has seen a lot in its 139 years. With the help of Boone Brothers and Sika it will continue to play an important role at Creighton University.