Birdair’s Tensotherm Product Chosen to Replace Current Membrane Roof at University Athletic Facility
Athletics are an important part of the college experience and the community environment at Mount St. Mary’s University. Completed in 2015, the university’s John J. Dillon Field House in the Knott Athletic Recreation Convocation Complex (ARCC) features a new 30,300 square-foot Tensotherm(TM) roofing system by Birdair.
The ARCC is a 105,000-square-foot facility used for fitness and recreation, intercollegiate athletics and entertainment and cultural events. The John J. Dillon Field House, a part of the ARCC, has four multipurpose basketball, tennis and volleyball courts and is surrounded by a jogging track. The ARCC also includes the Knott Area, a main arena/convocation center with a seating capacity of up to 5,000, as well as a swimming pool, racquetball court and fitness room.
The Birdair Advantage
Birdair’s scope of work for this project included the removal of the existing silicon-coated fiberglass membrane roofing system as well as the design, fabrication and installation of a Tensotherm insulated translucent membrane roof system. The insulated tensioned membrane (Tensotherm) includes an eight millimeter aerogel insulation layer, to help with heat retention and noise reduction. Working directly with the Mount St Mary University facility’s department, Birdair provided a complete design-build solution.
Tensotherm provides invaluable benefits. These include: diffused glare-free natural daylight; enhanced temperature control, even in the most extreme environments; remarkable acoustics; and innovative sustainability. Numerous studies document these benefits and show improved teaching and learning for schools, improved productivity for offices and manufacturing facilities, improved sales for shopping malls and improved healing rates in hospitals.