East Carolina University – Minges Coliseum & Classroom Building

Greenville, North Carolina

This was a fast track project designed in one month (March 2013) and the timeframe from the beginning of design to construction contract execution was approximately three months.

This accelerated timeline allowed for a construction contract to be issued prior to the end of the 2013 fiscal year (June 30, 2013.)  The athletic center (basketball, racquetball, weight room, natatorium, and classrooms) project included roof replacement and membrane coating repairs. The new roof systems typically consisted of tapered polyisocyanurate insulation and a two-ply modified asphalt membrane.  However, over the natatorium, sustainable tapered lightweight insulating concrete was installed along with a two-ply modified asphalt membrane. The light weight insulating concrete is sustainable as it can be re-used in the future when a new roof membrane is required again. Roof coatings that were installed ensured the coated areas had a highly reflective surface.

Our design phase also involved coating testing and research; this ensured the coating would remain adhered to the existing roof system throughout the life span of the coating system.  During the design phase, we partnered with the University and contractors to design and specify contractor staging and roof access locations that were pleasing to the University and acceptable to the contractor.  Contractor staging areas and roof access was also planned to ensure safety was maintained throughout the construction for building users, pedestrians and those tailgating nearby during football games at the University’s adjacent Dowdy-Ficklen Football Stadium (construction took place during the end of summer and the beginning of football season.)

This project exhibits our design engineering and construction management abilities with modified bitumen roof systems on multiple, occupied and high-pedestrian traffic buildings.  It also demonstrates our firm can quickly respond to the client’s needs.