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Iconic Air-Inflated Roof Lowered as Roof Replacement Project Continues
The skyline over Syracuse University is markedly different today, symbolic of the transformation and evolution of the campus. The iconic air-inflated roof over the Dome was deflated, making way for a fixed roof, part of the University’s $118 million, multi-year upgrade of the sports arena to create a new stadium experience.
“We have anticipated this day since the project started, but somehow the moment the roof was deflated marked a new turning point,” says Director of Athletics John Wildhack. “The momentum is undeniable, and it’s exciting to watch the completion of what will become another iconic athletic structure and an entirely new athletic experience for our fans.”
According to Pete Sala, vice president and chief campus facilities officer, the new roof is expected to have a 40-year lifespan, more than double its predecessor’s, and include less costs for maintenance. “Without the inflatable bubble, I won’t be watching our crews clearing off snow from the roof and, frankly, that makes me really happy,” he says, adding that the 7.7 acres of Teflon-coated fiberglass fabric, which weighed 220 tons, presented maintenance challenges that are now part of the past. Sala recalls that in March 1993, the dome had to be deflated when nearly four feet of snow fell in the Syracuse area. The new steel roof enhances both safety and efficiency.
“Today, part of history came down to make way for an extraordinary future in college athletics,” says Wildhack. “The new stadium benefits so many constituencies, including our student-athletes, our students, faculty, staff, fans, visitors and the greater Central New York community, as a hub of economic activity in our region and a gathering place to celebrate the best of what Orange brings to our community.”
To see the continuing progress on the roof project, check out the Dome Live Cam.
For additional information, visit http://campusframework.syr.edu.