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Building for the Future Bonus Content | Roofing the WaterFire Arts Center

Over the past couple of weeks, The WaterFire Arts Center has had its roof replaced! Earlier we posted this video as the materials were being delivered up to the roof by crane. At this time the roofing on the main section of the building is nearly complete. It is pretty clear just how vast an improvement the new roof is over the old.

The Arts Center’s Roof suffered serious damage after hurricane Sandy. Photograph by Andrew Doig.

Not only was the old roof made of outdated and inefficient materials, it was also in bad shape, with Hurricane Sandy having done some serious damage to the membrane and leaving significant portions of the roof exposed to the environment. Stopgap measures were taken to manage the situation, but the roof was still in poor condition. Thankfully The Champlin Foundations has provided us with the funding that we needed to upgrade the roof covering to modern materials. The new insulation, far better than anything the building has seen in its history, will keep the interior temperature steady, while the white membrane will protect it from the weather and reflect extra heat in the summer,  keeping the space nice and comfortable. Most importantly, we shouldn’t have to worry about leaks anymore!

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I've worked at WaterFire Providence since 2003. For the first 9 years of my career, I worked in the Production Shop learning all of the details that go into the physical production of the event. In 2012 transitioned to the role of managing WaterFire's social media and web presence. I now head up WaterFire Providence's digital projects including, web, social, databases, and our physical IT infrastructure.

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