At exactly one mile high above sea level, a brilliantly golden dome rises towards the sky like a landlocked lighthouse. In 2013, when it came time to restore this iconic dome, Douglass Colony Group was the choice contractor for the job. Now, four years later the building deserved a unique roof to match the grandeur of the dome towering over it, and Douglass Colony, again was selected as the choice roofing, metals, and waterproofing contractor for this honorable task.
Under the general contractor, Fransen Pittman, Douglass Colony took on the demolition of the existing roof and gutters, carpentry in the gutter reconstruction, copper gutters, standing seam roof, visible flashings, copper shingles, slate tiles, and ornate vent hoods. Though an enormous and daunting scope in the beginning, the final product spoke for itself, as the team was able to provide a one-of-a-kind roof for the historic building that will last for generations to come.
This entire project occurred while the government building was still fully functioning, creating strict time restrictions and tight access on the site. Crews had to be mindful to not tear off or perform any other noisy activities during legislative sessions, and always maintain an extreme awareness of people entering and exiting the building throughout the day. The entire project also had to be phased to completely halt work for months when Congress was in session, making it easy to lose momentum.
In order to maximize efficiency, Douglass Colony utilized the nearness and expansive capability set of its metal shop at the company headquarters in Commerce City. All of the metal for phase two of construction – by far the largest phase – was prefabricated in the shop before being shipped to the jobsite. This allowed for a level of preparedness that guaranteed no lapse in materials or work on site.
Every product used on this roof is nothing but the best to provide not only a one-of-a-kind roof, but a one-of-a-kind roof that will last for generations to come. From the standing seam panels to the shingles on the low-slope portions to the gutter, every piece of metal on that rooftop is copper – an extremely durable, long-lasting product.
The State Capitol Building is an unmissable piece of Colorado history. Nestled in the heart of Denver, nobody passes through the city without noticing and admiring the shining dome. Now, the building also boasts a one-of-a-kind, equally impressive roofing system to compliment the brilliance of the golden beacon.