The damage caused by 24 inches (60 centimeters) of snowfall during the 2010-2011 winter season has resulted in Cobb-Vantress reconstructing the oldest part of its headquarters building at Siloam Springs, Ark.

The weight of the snow on the roof made it unsafe to continue using the offices in the affected part of the building, and a ten-month project to remodel and rebuild has been underway. A high level of energy saving is incorporated into the design of the materials and heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment, with improved facilities for visiting groups. “This is certainly not a project we’d expected to undertake — but it became essential when the scale of the damage was apparent with the roof structure in danger of collapse,” said Dave Juenger, director of support services for Cobb.

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The new facilities are expected to be complete in May 2012.