Pomona College is a 140-acre campus located in Claremont, Calif. The school currently offers 48 majors and minors to 1,640 students.
In 2014, the college turned to NRCA -member Eberhard Roofing & Waterproofing, Van Nuys, Calif. to construct the roof system of its new 35,000-square-foot Studio Art Hall that was designed to interconnect studios and bring together disciplines ranging from sculpture and painting to digital arts and media.
More than half the new building’s exterior was made of glass and consists of a free-flowing design to encourage interaction and collaboration in shared space, including a central courtyard.
The building’s striking canopy roof system combined design elements with challenging installation requirements. Eberhard Roofing & Waterproofing worked closely with the project’s architectural firm, wHY, Los Angeles, to devise a roof system that would meet the new art studio’s needs
The solution was a tan-colored Sarnafil 60-mil-thick feltback thermoplastic membrane adhered to Cell Crete lightweight insulated concrete, which saved Pomona College $150,000 and also increased the roof system’s wind-uplift rating from FM 1-90 to FM 1-240.
In January 2014, Eberhard Roofing & Waterproofing began installing Studio Art Hall’s roof system.
The canopy-shaped roof system design was achieved by pouring the lightweight insulating concrete into the desired shape on top of the existing concrete roof deck. A Sarnafil feltback G410 thermoplastic membrane then was adhered to the concrete.
In addition, Eberhard Roofing & Waterproofing installed a photovoltaic (PV) panel system over the thermoplastic roof membrane to allow for the installation of six skylights.
One of the most challenging parts of the project was incorporating fire sprinklers under the facility’s ceiling. Before the sprinklers were installed, a vapor retarder was placed over the concrete roof deck to ensure the light-weight concrete did not drip through the sprinkler holes in the roof deck.
In April 2014, Eberhard Roofing & Waterproofing completed the installation of Pomona College’s Studio Art Hall’s unique roof system.
Eberhard Roofing & Waterproofing received a 2016 Gold Circle Award honorable mention in the Innovative Solutions: New Construction category for its work on the Studio Art Hall.