Renaissance Roofing considered for national award for work on county courthouse

Renaissance Roofing, Inc. is a finalist for the National Roofing Contractors Association 2019 Gold Circle Award in the outstanding workmanship category for their historical restoration of the copper roof at the Cascade County Courthouse.

The award winner will be announced Feb. 12 at a ceremony in Nashville, Tenn.

Renaissance spent about two years restoring the copper dome and roof at the 115-year-old courthouse and the work was completed in April 2018.

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The 100-year-old roof was replaced with Revere Copper, that included recycled copper.

Courthouse Roof

The Renaissance Roofing team on the completed roof.

The new roof is expected to last for the next 85 to 100 years and was a $4.3 million Cascade County project.

The project included installation of recreated copper balustrades via crane, as well as interlocking copper panels custom designed to prevent water leakage and damage to the historic structure.

The courthouse is on the National Register of Historic Place and Cascade County was honored with a historic preservation award last year for the courthouse roof project.

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Lon Gorsch, the project manager for Renaissance Roofing, said during a May 2018 awards ceremony that the original roof highlighted the work of the Great Falls craftsmen and that their work had been quite good.

The courthouse roof was also featured on the cover of Preservation Montana: The Montana Historic Preservation Plan 2018-2022.

The document is published by the State Historic Preservation Office and was approved by the National Park Service earlier this year. NPS approval of the plan qualifies Montana for continued participation in the national preservation program as well as federal funding.