New Utah Scheels Store Boasts Striking Design and Snow Rail Safety System

June 6th, 2012

June 6, 2012

The 24th Scheels All Sports store, located in a prime location along I-15 in Sandy, Utah, at 4500′ elevation, shows off striking roof design and TRA-Mage’s snow rails.

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From the flagship Scheels store in Fargo, North Dakota to the nearly completed Sandy, Utah store, this 110 year old company, is known for some unique attractions inside like ferris wheels and aquariums, along with the hundreds of sporting goods products.  However, what drivers on Interstate 15 notice about the newest store are the attractive architectural features – the three story glass entrance, expanses of skylights, and a pitched tile roof with copper and stainless steel snow rails and Snow Brackets™ to hold back the snow that falls each winter.

Lead Architect, Vern Cleveland of architectural firm R L Engebretson, explains why he chose the pitched roof design and the snow retention accessories when flat roofs are the norm for buildings of this size (220,000 square feet).  “We chose the high pitched section of tile roof because we wanted a design that would set the building off and make it enticing to visit.  Scheels is in this to stay in business for a long, long time so we chose building products that are long-lasting, attractive and safe.   We specified snow retention products at the entrances under these pitched areas so that our customers would not be hit by falling snow and ice.”

Southam and Associates, the Roofing Contractor, of American Fork, Utah, suggested using copper Snow Brackets™ and stainless steel snow rails from TRA-Mage, also of American Fork.  The shiny, long-lasting stainless steel snow fence and copper Snow Brackets™, which will patina over time, fit in with the crisp and durable feel of the three story edifice and provide the necessary protection from ice and snow sliding off the pitched entrance.

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Snow Retention Products at the Entrance

TRA-Mage’s Regional Sales Manager, Jacob Anderson, says, “The contractor recommended our snow fence because it does not require any special flashing and no replacement or removal of the tiles.  They also liked our particular Snow Bracket™ because it extended all the way down to the headlap of the roof tile.  We worked closely with Southam and Associates and Vern Cleveland to engineer and design a system they were happy with.”

The result is the newest addition to the Scheels All Sports family of stores.  It’s a striking building that customers will be excited to visit in September 2012 and safe to enter and exit even during the cold snowy months.

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Southam and Associates installing snow rails

Southam and Associates Architectural Sheet Metal is a family owned and operated company located near Salt Lake City, UT that has been in business over 30 years. Our main focus is staying ahead of the architectural sheet metal market place, incorporating new ideas, materials and panel systems to satisfy the most demanding architects and owners alike. For more information call Patrick McClellan at Southam and Associates at 801-796-1600 or visit

TRA-Mage, Inc., located in American Fork, Utah, offers Roof Snow Retention Devices, Solar Mounting Systems and Roof Flashing Solutions. They provide all customers, from the individual homeowner to the big developer, free engineered designs of all their systems. For more information call Jacob Anderson at TRA-Mage at 800-606-8980 or visit