The James Garrett Sports Complex, was originally built in 1999 and is the focal point of Susquehanna University’s 210-acre campus. In 2005, just five years after construction, the University’s iconic building started experiencing water infiltration issues that upon further inspection presented a major safety concern.
During our investigation we discovered missing or incorrectly installed backup structures, usage of inappropriate and non-conforming materials associated with exterior walls including exterior sheeting, vapor barrier, flashings, veneer ties, and connections for the exterior backup walls to the structure. Temporary shoring was required on each wall section due to the existing conditions.
We brought in a structural engineer 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.
Repairs included installing 15,784 SF of water repellents, installation of all required barriers, 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.
Keeping the univesity’s students and our technicians safe was our main focus during each aspect of our work. Susquehanna University was pleased with The Witmer Team and the improvements to the building. The project was completed on time and on budget.