Performing Arts Center Roof Restoration Receives Project of the Year

The Egg, the performing arts center in Albany’s historic Empire State Plaza, was named Project of the Year by Kemper System America Inc. for a challenging roof restoration and installation of a new cool roof.

The historic Albany Egg receives Project of the Year by Kemper System America Inc. for a challenging roof restoration and installation of a cool roof.
The historic Albany Egg receives Project of the Year by Kemper System America Inc. for a challenging roof restoration and installation of a cool roof.

The Egg is home to two theaters totaling 1,432 seats, so a durable and dependable roof system was essential. The building is now protected with a cold liquid-applied reinforced membrane system known as Kemperol Reflect 2K FR, with a Solar Reflectance Index of 110, and the white matched to the original aesthetic of the roof. Originally built in 1978, the massive shell sits on a pedestal anchored to a reinforced concrete beam that extends six stories below the Plaza. The building is managed by New York State’s Office of General Services (OGS) which overlooks the Plaza from their adjacent office space on the 35 floor.

“We want to recognize the outstanding efforts of those involved in restoring the integrity of this cultural landmark and preserving it for years to come,” says Kemper System director of sales Joe Hoekzema. “In addition to OGS, this included Bell & Spina Architects – Planners PC of Syracuse, N.Y.; Titan Roofing Inc. of Springfield, Mass.; moisture mitigation specialists AC Tech of Norfolk, Va., and manufacturer’s representative Building Envelope Technologies of Syracuse, N.Y.”

The Egg Solution

When the existing 55,000 square foot roof began showing signs of wear in 2017, Bell & Spina investigated and developed specifications. The firm is an approved New York State vendor with over 30 years of experience in building envelope rehabilitation and restoration.

An adhesion test is performed on the cold liquid-applied cool roof membrane system that now protects The Egg from sun and moisture.
An adhesion test is performed on the cold liquid-applied cool roof membrane system that now protects The Egg from sun and moisture.

“We selected the Kemperol system for four main reasons,” says Bell & Spina Principal Dennis Spina, AIA, RRC, REWC, REWO. “One was geometry; the roof goes from completely flat to a 6.5/12 pitch. So this one liquid-applied membrane system could protect the roof area and waterproof around gutters and areaway openings. Second, we liked that it was a no odor resin system because there are air intakes on the roof. We also wanted a monolithic look since the roof is visible from offices above. Finally, we liked the history and longevity with the Kemperol product, and the fact that it could be recoated.”

For over 60 years, Kemper Systems has been a leader in cold liquid-applied, reinforced roofing and waterproofing. Today its full range of building envelope solutions protect against weather, preserve the integrity of surfaces, and enhance the energy savings, comfort and value of buildings. This encompasses Kemperol reinforced membrane systems, the company flagship for exterior and interior waterproofing, Roof Guardian elastomer-based roof coatings, COELAN traffic coating systems, Wall Guardian fibered acrylic air barrier, HeatBloc-ULTRA radiant heat barrier and GreatSeal construction sealants.

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