Architecture is an opportunity. Every commission is filled with fresh chances to add tangible value to the place, the people, the owner, and greater world surrounding the project. The decisions made along the way define the results of the owner’s investment, challenging designers and builders to continually look for ways to maximize user benefits without adding expense to the project. A seemingly simple waterproofing rehabilitation project at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah provides an excellent example of increasing a building’s functional worth by rethinking space.
“Weber State is a long-standing client, and we’ve done everything from a three-building residential life campus to small patch-and-repair projects,” says Dale Thomas, project architect at MHTN Architects. Thomas is a detail-oriented designer with more than 35 years of hands-on experience. When MHTN was engaged to solve problems with the waterproofing system on the roof of the Stromberg Athletic Complex, the University, designers, and builders all saw a valuable secondary opportunity.