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Wichita, Kansas USA

Bemo USA Corporation, located Mesa Arizona, roll-formed hundreds of metal roof panels on-site in Wichita Kansas. McConnell Air Force Base is home to the Air Mobility Command’s 22nd Air refueling Wing, Air Force Reserve Command’s 931st Air Refueling Group and the Kansas Air National Guard’s 184th Intelligence Wing. McConnell AFB is the base of operation for the KC-135R Stratotanker and the new Boeing KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling tanker, each aircraft requires extremely large hangers for storage and maintenance.

With the highly transportable BEMO Mobile Factory Mills, custom length panels were roll-formed on-site while the mill was lifted to roof elevation. BEMO 400mm 22ga. Galvalume, finished with a 1.0ml PVDF coating, were roll-formed in continuous lengths of 105’ for 1 Bay, 232’ for 2 Bay and 115’ for 3 Bay. In total, more than 480,000 SF of BEMO standing seam metal roof panels were fabricated. To meet the wind load standards for the plains state, more than 54,000 BEMO Sliding Hook Clips were installed to secure the panels.

The project included three hangers, 1 Bay, 2 Bay and 3 Bay. The hangers were built for the new Boeing KC-46 Pegasus and each hanger has a specific function and appearance. 1 Bay is a single hanger designed for general maintenance with only a single hanger bay. 2 Bay contains two separate hangers, one that function as large paint booth complete with a massive air filtering system and the other side as a fuel conditioning hanger. Finally, 3 Bay, the largest building with three separate hangers, is for general maintenance and aircraft storage.

Finally, BEMO RoofSafe Cable and BEMO RoofSafe Anchor fall safety systems were installed to protect maintenance personnel.

Bemo USA Corporation, located in Mesa, Arizona USA and is a world leader in standing seam metal roofing and wall systems. With projects that span the world, Bemo USA’s gleaming roofs can be found on airports, sports complexes, distribution centers and transportation hubs around the globe. For more information please refer to www.bemousa.com or contact Odis Sutterfield, Jr at 877-530-2366.

In the late evening of August 2, 2015 super Typhoon Soudelor collided with the island of Saipan leaving a previously green and lush paradise stripped and broken. Typhoon Soudelor was one of several typhoons this season that crippled island services but Soudelor was the most intense to date. Clocking wind speeds of 120 to 156 mph, Soudelor stripped trees bare, flooded roads, destroyed homes and buildings and left the island without water and power. Witnesses of the typhoon tell of roofs torn off buildings, cars toppled, power line on the ground, trees uprooted and broken. One survivor, a local physician, talked with his neighbor who had an independent weather station located on high ground that recorded two gusts of 214 mph before the station was blown away.

Saipan Todd shot (P_EDITED)

Saipan International Airport, August 7, 2015. Less than a week after Typhoon Soudelor ravaged the island.

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Trees stripped and power lines down

Throughout the storm, the Saipan International Airport terminal and its retrofit roof stood firm. Bemo USA engineered and manufactured the roofing system that covers the airport. Their engineering team designed the sub-framing system to handle the roof loads, provided additional insulation and installed the retrofit engineered roof system. Although, Typhoon Soudelor has not been the only typhoon to hit the island since the installation of the roof system, it ranks as one of the most severe.

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Extensive storm damage

The BEMO 305 panels installed on the airport terminal buildings were made of .050 aluminum. Bemo USA manufactured custom panels that were milled and curved onsite to assure a lasting engineered solution. Each BEMO 305 panel was mounted with BEMO Hook Clips on 14 ga. Galvanized hat bars. Each Galvanized bar was fastened through ¼” Densdeck and 2” polyisocyanurate insulation into the wood deck below.

Bemo USA Corporation is located in Mesa, Arizona USA and is a world leader in standing seam metal roofing and wall systems. With projects that span the world, Bemo USA’s gleaming roofs can be found on airports, sports complexes, distribution centers and transportation hubs around the globe. For more information please refer to www.bemousa.com or contact Odis Sutterfield, Jr at 877-530-2366.