Fourth Avenue Junior High School – Yuma, Arizona

Fourth Avenue Junior High School, located in Yuma, Arizona, can be recognized by their school colors of red, white and black. With nearly 450 students, the junior high houses grades 6 – 8. In addition to excellent academics, the school offers students a variety of athletic programs to participate in. The teachers and facility at the Fourth Avenue Junior High School are dedicated to their instruction and strive to prepare each student academically, physically and socially to become a successful and productive member of the community.

The building that the Fourth Avenue Junior High resides in was built in 1920 and was named a National Historic Landmark in 1982. When the building required a re-cover roof project, its National Historic Landmark status and student safety were top priorities. Due to its history and age, care needed to be taken when completing the project. The products installed were required to be odor-less and could not damage the building. Another requirement for the project was that it be completed quickly and without lingering odors, because they planned to complete the installation over their holiday break.

With the breadth of products offered by SOPREMA, it was an easy solution. A layer of SOPRABOARD® was installed as the coverboard to protect the wood decking, then to address the necessity for a quick and odor-less installation, ELASOPHENE® SURE-STICK self-adhered products were selected. ELASTOPHENE SURE-STICK was installed as the base ply, with ELASTOPHENE SURE-STICK FR GR as the cap ply. Due to the ease of application and the time and labor savings self-adhered products’ offer, the students returned immediately after the holiday with no residual smell. The project was completed quickly and with minor disturbance to the building.

“SOPREMA’s new SURE-STICK products were very easy to work with and saved us a ton of time and hassle on this project. The membranes stuck very well, even at temperatures of 45 degrees, and the film surface was great as there was no interplay priming required” said Dick Cates, Project Foreman, JBS Roofing.