James Garrett Sports Complex, originally built in 1999, is the focal point of Susquehanna University’s 210 acre campus. In 2005, the University’s iconic building started experiencing water infiltration issues. After years of replacing drywall soffits and cleaning up water, The Witmer Group was asked to review the building issues and generate a proposal for needed repairs.
Upon investigation, we discovered missing or incorrectly installed backup structures, usage of inappropriate and non-conforming materials, on items associated with exterior walls including exterior sheeting, vapor barrier, flashings, veneer ties, and connections for the exterior backup walls to the structure. A structural engineer was called in to evaluate the safety of the project before and during reconstruction. During renovations, we were faced with many challenges including safety concerns, an active campus, revolving college sports schedules, and unforeseen conditions requiring daily interaction with the Structural Engineer and the Facility Manager. The Witmer Team managed each challenge with professionalism and diligence.
Some of the repairs included installation of all required barriers, signage and protection, removal and replacement of 40,000 modular brick veneer units, and installation of all connections to fasten the new backup walls to the structural steel. The project was completed on time and we met the budgeted costs allocated towards the repair procedures. Susquehanna University is thrilled with The Witmer Team and the restored, safe, structurally sound building.