Princeton University’s Whitman College, a massive new-construction residence
hall which opened in the fall of 2007, was one of the largest, most
technically demanding copper and slate roofing jobs
ever undertaken by Bregenzer Brothers, Inc. Over 15 months they custom
built and installed the 110,000 square foot slate and copper roof ranging
over multiple buildings surrounding two large outdoor quadrangles. The job
required 467 tons of slate and 30 tons of copper, and included exterior
work over 104 dormers, flashings, a full network of drainage pipes and
leader heads, plus other custom building details, large and small, from
custom-fabricated chimney caps to handmade brass exterior finishing nuts.
The aura of elegance of the completed college is in no small part due to the
craftsmanship of the roof and details created by Bregenzer Brothers.
The Lawrenceville School
In 2008 Bregenzer Brothers was contracted by The Lawrenceville School to reroof 13 very prominent buildings on their campus between 2008 and 2013. Bregenzer Brothers has currently restored 9 buildings to their original condition using slate and copper. Around the Lawrenceville School's famed "circle" Bregenzer's workmanship is evident on The Foundation House, Upper House, Woods Memorial Hall, The Chapel, Cleve, and Kennedy, among other buildings on and around the campus.
The renovation to the East Pyne building was part two of a three-phase project at Princeton University. It was built in 1897 and has about 18,000 square feet of slate roofing materials. The project consisted of total replacement of all steep-slope roofing components and connecting structures. There is extensive copper work in all built-in gutters and flat seam pocket roofs. The 20 dormers in the courtyard all are clad in slate. The design of the ridge roll was customized to match the original design on the gothic structure. Two pod roofs were replaced in an exact replica of the original roofs in shape, color, and pattern. A standing seam pre-patinated copper roof was installed on the hypan roof connecting East Pyne to Chancellor Green, a previously completed job by Bregenzer Brothers, Inc.
Holder, Madison, and Hamilton Hall
Holder, Hamilton, and Madison Hall was a 3 building renovation project. Nearly a century old, these buildings were totally renovated inside and out. Bregenzer Brothers, Inc. was responsible for the removing all existing slate and sheet metal and replacing the underlayment, while reusing the existing architecturally thick slate. New copper flashings and roof components were installed. All new box gutters were fabricated and installed. Forty Two new custom leader heads were fabricated to match the original ones that needed replacing. All of the existing architecturally thick slate was able to be reused.
Witherspoon Hall is a five story, 120 year old building with a roof size of
11,000 square feet. Several aspects of this slate roof and architectural
sheet metal were customized to create a long lasting aesthetic roof system.
Each side of this unique building boasts a different dormer style. Only one
side of the building was accessible by crane. The cone roof was completed
using standing seam Freedom Gray Copper. Custom copper gutters fit the round
profile of the turret. Any salvageable materials were recycled for use on
Princeton University Press
The slate siding phase was installed on this job, with a
customized the support system on the wall. This enabled the slate siding to
hang securely off the wall, while maintaining the desired aesthetic
St Pauls Church
The roof replacement on St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Princeton, New Jersey
was a 3 phase project to include the main church, the convent and the church
rectory. It included the removal and replacement like in kind of all slate
roofs, copper work, snow guard, and gutter systems. In addition, Bregenzer
Bros., Inc. was able to complete masonry repointing, where necessary, on
exterior church walls.