Cleveland, OH

Cleveland’s link to outer space

NASA Glenn Research Center

Cleveland’s NASA Glenn Research Center needed a new roof, and that came with some masonry work. The team at Cleveland Building Restoration was called in for concrete repair and more. 

The Challenge

The NASA Glenn Research Center is Cleveland’s link to outer space. The Center is vital to NASA’s programs because it houses research facilities for aeronautics and space exploration. Spread out across 6,400 acres of land, the Center is home to some huge buildings and structures that house some major equipment and technology. Building 64 is one of the most important buildings on this sprawling campus. This particular building houses giant turbines that are used to test aerodynamic capabilities for flight equipment. You can imagine the size of these giant machines and also the scope of the structures it would take to house such a magnificent piece of engineering equipment. If damage comes to the structures, it can jeopardize the equipment within. With the money it takes to repair or replace such machinery, this is simply not an option. The roof on Building 64 needed to be replaced. And, there were concerns with some of the rooftop concrete and masonry, so NASA called in the best masonry repair company in the galaxy (at least the Cleveland universe!): Cleveland Building Restoration.

Our Approach

The rigging alone on this massive building was a challenge. The team at Cleveland Building Restoration built a 50-ft. scaffold tower that extended to the rooftop. There was only one access point on the roof where equipment could make its way to the top of the building. On a small building that might not be a big deal, but this rooftop was 41,500 sq. ft. That’s massive when you only have one point of entry.

Demolition on the rooftop was a challenge as well. There was very low visibility from the ground because of the layout of the structure, so the cranes used for demolition were guided via walkie-talkie from the roof to the ground below. No sophisticated radars here, just a knowledgeable crew that uses their experience to work through situations that shut other job sites down.

Once the demolition was complete, Warren Roofing removed the existing roofing membrane, leaving the bare concrete roof and surrounding masonry exposed. There was noticeable deterioration to the masonry walls. Over several rooftop doorways, the existing concrete was crumbling and falling away from the wall. The same conditions were found over some of the access ladders used for emergencies on the roof.

The team from Cleveland Building Restoration began repairs by restoring the tuckpointing and repairing the walls with new brick and mortar. The team also did some parging, a process where slurry mortar is used to smooth out a wall and address spalling of the walls to make a smooth substrate. The parapet was repaired around the structure and the team used a hand-mixed mortar to repair the walls as needed. Once completed, the Warren Roofing team was able to put down a new roofing membrane on top of the building that will last for years to come.

The Outcome

The Glenn Research Center’s Building 64 has a gleaming new white roof that looks amazing to those passing by. More importantly, the building is safe from the elements. Cleveland’s cold, icy winters can really take their toll on a rooftop, so if you want to keep the equipment under the roof safe, the roof has to be in excellent condition. With everything safe and sound, the team at the NASA Glenn Research Center can get back to business, and keep Cleveland focused on the stars!

Contact Us Today