Magdalena Grand Beach Resort

The Magdalena Grand Beach Resort is nestled in the tropical Tobago Plantations Estate, a 750-acre gated community of luxury Tobago suites, villas, condos and bungalows around the Tobago Plantations PGA designed Championship (18 holes) Tobago golf course. The property offers 178 deluxe ocean front king and double-double rooms plus 22 one- and two-bedroom suites with personal Jacuzzis. Situated along two and one-half miles of beach and coastline the grounds offer nature trails and canopy walks through a virgin mangrove forest at one of the finest Tobago resorts. The resort is a traditional colonial style building on a dramatic outcrop of coral looking south and east to the Atlantic and Scarborough, the capital town of the island. The "W" shaped hotel mimics the wings of the Frigate Bird that flies over this area of coastline, and the design allows each of the 200 hotel rooms to enjoy a view of the sea.

The beach and coastline, while a major part of the resort's attraction, was also one of its worse enemies.

Salt water corrosion had taken its toll on this resort on the Caribbean Sea, forcing the complex to shut down for repairs two years ago. Private owners had walked away from the project, unable to shoulder the responsibility for restoration and the government of Trinidad & Tobago through its industry ministry had taken over the property when it was finally shuttered. Under the direction of e TecK, an arm of the Ministry of Trade of Trinidad & Tobago, the government undertook the complete repair, renovation and refurbishment of the hotel. First phase was replacement of an existing 160,000 square foot roof. Salt water had corroded 160,000 square feet of roofing installed only five years before. Mechanical systems had suffered too.

e TecK took over the property and started to plan renovations for the roof and other infrastructure components of the property. Initially, officials issued specifications for 160,000 square feet of copper roof. But that design was shelved when it was learned what the cost would be. The government also considered and ruled out a coated steel roof—the same material that had succumbed to the salt air and water of the Caribbean Sea where the resort is located. Finally, working with consultants and a local roofing contractor, Robert Costelloe of Lifetime Solutions, the government agreed to a Kynar-coated 040 aluminum standing seam roof.

"Starting with the material itself, we needed a robust system that would stand up to the elements," said Costelloe. "Not only to the salt air and water but to high winds as well." Costelloe notes the project went smoothly, coming in on time and budget in 145 days.
Officials chose an Englert Series 2000 1 ¾" snap lock standing seam system made from 040 aluminum, specifically to stand up to salt corrosion. The aluminum itself was only part of the solution to prevent future corrosion and any damage from wind uplift. The installer conducted a site specific engineering analysis to determine clip spacing at a specified number of feet throughout the roof area and especially around the eaves and ridge areas which were most susceptible to high wind. Fascias were wrapped with peel and stick all the way up to the ridge. Clips were installed six inch on center for the first two feet and eight inch on center for the balance.

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