Client: Broward County
Location: 10500 W. Oakland Park Boulevard Sunrise, FL 33351
Surface Area: 19,000 SF
Completed: 2016


Built in 1995, the Sunrise Dan Pearl Branch Library provides convenient access to a full range of innovative and cost-effective library services that meet the changing needs of the people of Broward County, Florida for information, education, and recreation. The single-ply vaulted barrel roofs on the 19,000 square-foot public library building were leaking, causing water to seep over the reception area every time it rained. The building was also comprised of a flat roof system which was also experiencing leakage.

With more than 32 years of experience working with local government agencies in Florida, Advanced Roofing, Inc. (ARI), a leader in commercial re-roofing, was selected by the Broward County Commission to completely replace the library’s roof last fall. Led by Project Manager Matt Cooper, the eight-person crew replaced the system by securing RhinoBond fastening plates to the Lightweight Insulating Concrete (LWIC), eliminating membrane fastener penetration by welding the membrane directly to the specially coated plates used to secure the insulation to the deck. GAF Sure-Weld 60 mil EverGuard TPO was used as well as a RhinoBond Induction Welding System, resulting in a cost-efficient roofing system that increased the roof’s wind uplift resistance and included a 20-year NDL warranty.

Combining a standing seam metal roofing system with a radius system was just one of the challenges the crew overcame during the roof install, which also included the unexpected removal of a bees nest. Safety was a top priority given the steep slope of the radius roof and the fact that work was done during library operating hours. To ensure safety for the team and occupants, the crew was fully tied off and all safety measures were taken. The new roofing system was completed in January on time and within budget, without any disruptions to library staff and visitors.