Phelps Center

Client: City of Seattle – Seattle Center Project Management

Location: Seattle, Washington

Type: Reroofing

Services: Pre-Design Survey, Reroofing Design, Bid and Project Administration, Quality-Assurance Monitoring

Boasting an unusual saw-tooth construction and prominently visible from the Seattle Space Needle, Seattle Center’s Phelps Center houses the world famous Pacific Northwest Ballet and is a part of Northwest iconography. When the Seattle Center decided to update the original poured concrete multi-fold plate roof deck (constructed prior to the 1962 World’s Fair), they contacted BET&R for assistance. BET&R’s involvement with the phased reroofing project began with a comprehensive evaluation survey of the existing roof deck, utilizing visual survey work as well as infrared thermography and invasive testing, and culminated in designing and monitoring of the reroof project. Our evaluation survey work provided the basis for the Project Architect and Roof Designer to create the unique, multi-colored diamond-shaped tapered insulation single-ply PVC roof system which now gives Phelps Center its signature look.