MLD Architects is a full service architectural firm with several award winning projects. Our services include design, construction documents, bidding, and construction administration services for both new and renovation construction projects.

In addition to full service building and renovation design, MLD Architects has extensive experience in roof design and consultation. Randy Lewis is a recognized roofing systems expert, and has written articles for Florida AIA magazine and Florida Roofers magazine. MLD Architects has earned an excellent reputation for diagnosing roof problems, and offering corrective solutions. Due to his expertise, Mr. Lewis has provided expert testimony on numerous cases.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Florida State University Westcott Reroof

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Public/Private Client: Public
Completion Date: 2003
Location: Tallahassee, Florida
Construction Cost: $691,000

Role in Project: Principal
Architect: MLD Architects, Inc.
Randy G. Lewis AIA Principal / Project Architect
Roosevelt Bivens Project Manager

"The Westcott Building houses the chief administrative offices for Florida State University, and is the primary focal point of the campus."

Due to extensive water intrusion in the third floor offices, our team of roofing and waterproofing experts was called upon evaluate the existing roofing, and make corrective recommendation. We then proceeded with design and construction documents for the project. We negotiated a lump sum contract for reroofing, window replacement and waterproofing, following the university's selection of a qualified roofing contractor.

The fourth floor dormer windows, copper roofs and siding were replaced. The low slope gravel built-up roofs and modified bitumen membrane were replaced with a new modified bitumen roof system, including additional tapered insulation. Additional slope was installed in the built-in gutters to increase flow to the new roof drains. The stone coping joints were ground out and sealed with premium silicone sealant, and an elastomeric coating was applied to the inside of parapet walls. The existing clay tile roofs were reinstalled over a new waterproof underlayment, and the fastening was increased to comply with the new Florida Building Code. Clear water repellant was applied on all brick wall surfaces above new roof areas. The Westcott Building is historically significant, and all work of this project complied with the Secretary of Interiors' Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings.

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