New Nursing Center at College Topped Off With DaVinci Roofscapes

LENEXA, KAN. – When the doors open at the Nursing Education Center at Thomas Edison State College in early 2016, students, faculty and area residents will be impressed with how well the new three-story structure fits into the overall campus design. Capping off the $26.2 million building sits a single-width slate polymer roof from DaVinci Roofscapes.

“The architectural goal of this project was to create a building that fits well within the historic Trenton capital district,” says Stephen Doyle, AIA, LEED AP with Clarke Caton Hintz in Trenton, N.J. “To that end, we recommended traditional massing and building materials that take their design cues from adjacent buildings in the neighborhood.

“Many of those structures have natural slate roofs. However, we needed to reduce the weight and costs of the roof installation on the new Nursing Education Center, so we specified a polymer slate product. We were looking for a material with good roof reflectance values since the project is seeking LEED certification. And, we were looking for a product with exceptional warranties. DaVinci Roofscapes delivered all of these features and benefits.”


Thomas Edison State College broke ground on the Nursing Education Center on June 19, 2014. The new 34,360-square foot building will soon house a state-of-the-art nursing simulation laboratory, lecture halls, student lounge, conference rooms and a testing center. A two-level parking garage is also designed into the structure.

“This new building occupies a ‘gateway’ site near downtown Trenton and the Capital District,” says Doyle. “The project transforms a corner site that formerly had a neglected and abandoned apartment building, so it’s particularly exciting to see a new project re-invigorate the neighborhood.

“The DaVinci slate shingles have helped add a sense of timelessness to the project and fit well within the historic context of this site. We found they have the thickest profile simulating traditional slate roofing — better than other polymer slate products we’ve seen. The color options also allowed us to identify the Castle Gray-VariBlend of two shades of gray. This coordinates very well for this project and location.”

For installation of the designer roof, the team turned to Advanced Roofing and Sheet Metal Company, professionals at commercial roofing projects in the north and central New Jersey areas.

“Our crew of six completed the polymer slate roofing installation in October,” says Jake Arnold, project manager with Advanced Roofing and Sheet Metal Co. out of Bellville, N.J. “We’ve installed several other DaVinci roofs in the past, so we knew the quality of the product we were working with on this structure.

“We take our time to get it right on every roofing project.  This one was no exception. The reward is at the end. We look up at this beautiful roof now and know that it will proudly reflect our workmanship, the quality of the roofing product and the overall design of the Nursing Education Center.”

The experienced team members at DaVinci Roofscapes develop and manufacture industry-leading polymer slate and shake roofing systems with an authentic look and superior performance. DaVinci leads the industry in the greatest selection of colors, tile thickness and tile width variety. The company’s reliable products have a limited lifetime warranty and are 100 percent recyclable. All DaVinci high-performing roofing products are proudly made in America where the company is a member of the National Association of Home Builders, the National Association of Roofing Contractors, the Cool Roof Rating Council and the U.S. Green Building Council. For information call 1-800-328-4624 or visit