Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., has chosen Birdair’s Tensotherm™ roofing system to cover its 30,300-square-foot John J. Dillon Field House. The facility has four multipurpose basketball, tennis and volleyball courts and is surrounded by a jogging track. The project is set to be completed in time for the beginning of the school year, fall 2015.
Birdair will remove the existing silicon-coated fiberglass membrane roofing system as well as design, fabricate and install the new Tensotherm insulated translucent membrane roof system. The Tensotherm covering will include an 8 millimeter aerogel insulation layer to help with heat retention and noise reduction.
To create Tensotherm, a thin translucent blanket embedded with aerogel is placed between a PTFE fiberglass membrane exterior skin and a thinner and lighter acoustic or vapor barrier interior liner. The resulting composite material is a thin, flexible and highly translucent system.
Birdair Inc. is a specialty design-build contractor of custom tensile structures. In addition to pre-construction services, such as design assistance, budgeting, construction methodologies and project scheduling, Birdair provides design-build solutions in all aspects of project design, fabrication, installation and maintenance.