Kissam Hall at Vanderbilt University

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Project size: 105,000 square feet

Project scope: Kissam Quad College Halls is the largest single project ever handled by Vanderbilt Campus Planning. The scope of work included tearing down six existing dorms, which served the university for 56 years, to build the two state-of-the-art residential dormitories. The architect, Goody Clancy, worked with campus planning for two years on the project’s design. One major aspect of design was low environmental impact and minimal carbon footprint.  They were able to achieve LEED Gold certification through extensive recycling and the use of durable products. Brasfield & Gorrie was the general contractor for the project and were given two years to complete demolition and construction. RSS Roofing Services & Solutions was awarded the roofing portion of the project that included a mixture of roof types.

The majority of the roof used Ludowici’s Ludoslate clay tile. Approximately 88,000 pieces of the tile were used with a combined weight of nearly 500,000 pounds. 1,600 flat sheets of 16 ounce copper were used on the project. This included 20,000 square feet of standing seam roof and flat lock panels, 2,500 linear feet of copper downspout, and 1,700 linear feet of copper gutter. All copper products were shop fabricated in house by RSS personnel. Small low-slope areas received fully adhered TPO membrane.

At its peak, RSS had as many as 100 personnel working on the project Labor for the entire roof scope totaled 44,000 man-hours over a duration of 19 months. RSS had no accidents for the duration of the project, which is quite a feat considering the majority of the roof was 80 feet from the ground with a roof slope of 12:12.

Kissam Hall at Vanderbilt University Ludowici’s Ludoslate clay tile
Kissam Hall at Vanderbilt University











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