Provo Power Company (PPC), which services the islands of Turks and Caicos, hired a team to construct three buildings to house generators on the island of Providenciales. When Hurricane Ike roared through the Caribbean during the early morning of September 7, 2008, the Category 4 storm destroyed 80 percent of the homes on Turks and Caicos, according to the Associated Press.
When Hurricane Ike started moving toward Turks and Caicos, the construction team quickly completed as much of the first building as possible. "There wasn't enough time to properly seal the roof, and only three walls had been installed," recalls Scott Cole, a supervisor with Griffin Insulation, the Kingspan installer. "We created a temporary fourth wall before the storm hit and hoped for the best."
Despite damage to a large vent, all the metal panels on the partially completed building managed to withstand the dangerous winds of Hurricane Ike. "When the building was inspected, none of the panel components displayed any signs of damage," says Don Drogowski, an engineer with Kingspan. Cole adds, "Kingspan panels were specified for a reason, and I think this incident makes it very clear."