BackCountry Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Sika Sarnafil's Décor Roof System Saves the Day at Discovery Center

The Discovery Center at the BackCountry functions as a Sales and Marketing Center, and is the integration of nature, spirit and history of the area. Jen Nieman, principal of Modus Architecture in Denver, CO, had a vision of celebrating both the values of this site and of the surrounding community.  The BackCountry development, provided by Shea Homes, abuts an 8,200 acre BackCountry Wilderness Area and features 1,400 residences surrounded by trails and open space.

"The shape of the Discovery Center evolved from the entry orientation towards Mt. Evans and the ‘spine’ directed towards Longs Peak. The use of natural elements: earth, fire, water and natural materials such as stone and wood have been infused throughout the building.  The overlying concept was for the exterior materials to transcend through the interior of the building and continue on into the wild,” Nieman explained.

Shea Homes LLC

Modus Architecture LLC
Denver, CO

General Contractor
Fransen Pittman General Contractors
Englewood, CO

Roofing Contractor
Roof Check, Inc.
Longmont, CO

Roofing System
Décor Roof System, Adhered, using custom bronze,
60 mil feltback membrane

Project Size
4,280 square feet

Discovery Center
Discovery Center
At the 11th Hour Problem

Jen Nieman wanted a roof that would complement the natural look of the building. With the roof's low slope and other conditions that needed to be met, Sika Sarnafil Decor Roof came to the rescue and completed the task successfully.

Discovery Center
A Quick and Effective Solution

Roof Check, Inc. of Longmont, CO worked with Sika Sarnafil and Modus Architecture to draw up plans for a Décor system that would provide the look that Nieman wanted, with a price and warranty that the building owners would approve. Bryan Slaymaker, vice president of operations at Roof Check, was pleased with the decision to go with the Décor system.  “I knew that a metal roof would have a problem with such a low slope and that water would go back up the seams,” he explained.  “The Sika Sarnafil system wouldn’t have this problem and would also give them the look they wanted.”

Discovery Center
"My Favorite Project!"

This is one of my favorite products right now!” Nieman exclaimed.  “The Décor Roof System is very flexible and provides minimal design restraint.  Sika Sarnafil did a remarkable job in a bad situation and maintained the original design intent. I’m very excited about it — it is a great product."Download the Sika At Work PDF to read the whole story on how Sika Roofing helped save the day at The Discovery Center.

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