Kettering Tower, a 30-story office building located in Dayton, Ohio, first opened its doors for business in 1972 and to this day remains the tallest building in the city. The skyscraper, which is clad in steel and glass and boasts a half-million square feet of office space, was purchased for nearly $22 million in 2005 by an investment firm from New York City. The new ownership planned a $1 million dollar renovation project that would revamp the lobby, the elevators, and most importantly, the building’s deteriorating roofing system.
The investment firm was aware upon taking ownership that the existing roofing system was in need of some attention–whether it needed to be reconditioned or replaced remained to be seen. The tower was fitted with an EPDM rubber roofing system, but it became clear that the membrane had run its course when water began to leak in several areas over a mechanical room and a racquet club, which were located on the 30th floor.