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Wharton Center - replace existing roof sections one, two, three and four

Project phase: Archived

Project background

  • The original roof was installed in 1982, and is beginning to fail and cause potential structural and other cosmetic building damage.
  • Recent infrared study showed significant moisture in the existing roof insulation barrier indicating the need for replacement.

Project scope

  • Remove existing conventional roofs and replace with new.
  • Inverted Roof Membrane Assembly (IRMA) style roof to be installed on roof three – over Great Hall stage.


  • Smells inside building; will be alleviated by installing temporary charcoal filters.
  • Loading dock will be used as a site setup space, causing one month of temporary relocated parking.
  • Sidewalk closure between FRIB and Wharton for one month. This will be further coordinated during design/construction.
  • Building will remain open during work. Construction will avoid major performances


  • Construction start: June 26, 2017
  • Construction complete: Sept. 22, 2017


  • $1,750,000 which includes a $175,000 contingency.
  • This project is being funded by general fund - capital renewal and the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts.

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