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the finished
[ PROJECT ]
Retrofit roof
n 2021, the University of Florida in Gainesville decided to give a facelift
to its School of Architecture building on campus, which would include
a retrofitted roof to cover the existing open atrium space. The school
turned to Birdair Inc., a specialty contractor for custom tensile membrane
structures, to create a one-of-a-kind roofing system atop the building's
atrium. The retrofitted roof features Birdair's TensoSky®
I
ETFE film and
overlaps the existing roof. It is an open-air structure allowing airflow
and ventilation around the perimeter of the structure.
The roof's 5,700-square-foot coverage area features a total of 38 twoPROJECT
University
of Florida School of
Architecture building, Gainesville, Fla.
INSTALLATION
Birdair, Buffalo, N.Y.
MATERIAL USED
ETFE
PROJECT SIZE
5,700 sq.ft.
ARCHITECT
KMF & Brooks Scarpa
ENGINEER
TLC Engineering
COMPLETION DATE
February 24, 2022
layer cushions using transparent ETFE film. The film offers a variety of
benefits, including exceptional light transmission, solar control, elasticity,
longevity, acoustics and energy efficiency.
The new roof covers the atrium's open space and allows students,
staff and visitors to use the atrium regardless of weather conditions. The
lightweight, flexible nature of ETFE membrane, paired with its aesthetic
and design benefits, made it the ideal film to use for the project.
The Birdair construction crew worked 10-hour days, seven days a week
during the school's winter break to install the structural steel's helical,
spiral non-tangent curve design. After installing the structural steel, the
team's next challenge was to install the complete ETFE skylight on the
newly erected structural steel frame. The ETFE system is comprised of a
self-contained drainage system for condensation and weather protection,
all custom-fabricated to match the spiral steel frame.
" It was challenging to install the structural steel with a spiraling
ridge and multi-angular purlins while receiving deliveries of structural
steel during the winter holiday break, " says James Thomas, director of
construction for Birdair. " We're excited about the result-a brand-new
skylight system ready to welcome all who visit the beautiful atrium at
the University of Florida School of Architecture. "
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