On the second of December, 2002, storm Pongsona developed in the western Pacific Ocean. It reached super-typhoon status by December 8th, with maximum sustained winds of 150 miles per hour and greater as it approached Guam. A record 19.67 inches of rain fell, setting a record for daily rainfall in the month of December. The storm destroyed thousands of homes and cut off all electricity, water and power on the island. President Bush declared Guam a federal disaster area on December 8th.

Back in 1997, Super-Typhoon Paka crossed Guam with wind speeds in excess of 200 mph. Roofing materials were hardest hit, and the 104 unit Flora Pago Gardens condominiums were not spared. The existing roof covering of glazed tiles were tossed about like playing cards.

The homeowner association chose Von Watson Architects, a prominent local architectural firm, for the reconstruction. Muni Abdullah, project supervisor, began his investigation into alternate roofing materials that could withstand the severe weather that Guam often receives. ATAS International Inc.’s ScanRoof, a metal panel that simulates tile, had been used on various buildings on the Anderson Air Force Base, and successfully resisted the winds of the typhoon. The architectural requirements were for a 185 mph wind resistant roofing system, and after supplying the results of extensive testing procedures on both the panel and the fasteners, ScanRoof was specified for the project.

Although 12,000 miles from ATAS’ corporate headquarters, it was felt that product support was required on Guam. Larry Rosner, ATAS’s technical representative, who was experienced in the area of typhoon damage, was dispatched to the area to provide technical assistance. After viewing

ScanRoof on Anderson Air Force Base, and seeing how it stood up under the extreme weather conditions, the product was specified for Flora Pago Gardens. BW Corporation of Tamuning, Guam installed seven thousand panels (126,000 square feet) of Regal Blue ScanRoof in 1998.

On January 11, 2003, Larry Rosner, received an e-mail message from Muni Abdullah noting that not a single piece of ScanRoof on the Flora Pago project was damaged by the typhoon. He said all the tracking radars on the island were blown away sometime during the storm, so no accurate wind speed was available. It was said to be the strongest typhoon ever experienced by Guam and caused the worst damage. A month later, only about 50% of the power system has been restored. Muni stated “Glad we specified the ScanRoof system”.

To date, ATAS has provided ScanRoof panels for many of the buildings on the Anderson Air Force Base. ScanRoof has become the material of choice for this area hard hit by severe weather. Mr. Rosner has traveled to Guam on numerous occasions to oversee projects supplied with ATAS materials.

About ATAS International, Inc.

Founded in 1963, ATAS International, Inc., a leading manufacturer of metal roofing, wall and ceiling panels, produces systems for commercial and residential buildings. The ATAS product line offers more than 20 profiles available in aluminum, steel, zinc and copper. These profiles include: standing and batten seams; corrugated; curved; tapered; shingles; tiles; shakes; and narrow or wide ribbed panels with hidden or exposed fasteners. Rainware, crown moulding and perimeter edge trim are also available with the same finish to match or accent a roofing or wall system. ATAS offers energy efficient building envelope technology, such as cool roofing products that are ENERGY STAR qualified and InSpire, the transpired solar collector, which utilizes precision perforated metal panels to preheat ventilation air via solar energy. ATA-Solar, a building integrated photovoltaic product complements ATAS’ sustainable product offerings. Profiles are coated with a Kynar 500 PVDF or Hylar 5000 PVDF finish in 30 standard colors. ATAS has four manufacturing facilities in the United States: two facilities, including the headquarters, in Allentown, Pa.; one in Maryville, Tenn.; and one in Mesa, Ariz. All ATAS locations are certified to ISO 9001:2008 with design.


Stevi Jerrold
ATAS International, Inc.
Marketing Coordinator
Phone: 610.395.8445
Fax: 610.395.9342
Email: sjerrold@atas.com
Website: www.atas.com