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Charleston County School of the Arts Theater Building Project Profile

The building's 80-foot-high, 10,000 square foot barrel roof was known as the crown jewel of the Charleston County School of the Arts, but when it came time to reroof it, there were many unique challenges. 

The primary challenge was achieving the required 120 psf wind-uplift rating. To meet this requirement, architects specified the use of Sure-Flex PVC membrane fully adhered to USG Securock® Gypsum-Fiber Roof Board. USG Securock® Gypsum-Fiber Roof Board has a dense concentration of gypsum and cellulose fibers that provide exceptional panel and bond strength, as well as superior wind-uplift performance with no face layer to delaminate. The USG Securock® Gypsum-Fiber Roof Board also increased the overall durability of the roof system.  

USG products, combined with teamwork and ingenuity, completed a unique roof system that will serve as a focal point on campus for years to come.

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People Involved

Thomas & Denzinger Architects Architect

ADC Engineering Inc. Roof Consultant

Peach State Roofing Inc. Roofing Contractor

N.B. Handy Company Roofing Distributor

M.B. Kahn Construction Comapny Inc. General Contractor

Project Scope


80-foot-high barrel roof

Special Factors

Required 120 psf wind-uplift rating. No flat area to stock material on the roof. Tight radius of the roof posed safety issues for workers.