Indianapolis, IN – It’s nearly impossible to live in Indiana without being a basketball fan. Between the Indiana Pacers and the long list of Indiana’s college teams, there is a lot of basketball to follow throughout the state. The Pacers are coming off of a winning season, as they clinched a playoff spot over the Chicago Bulls. The Pacers’ home stadium, Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, is currently undergoing construction improvements including a new roof. Midland Engineering, based out of South Bend, is installing a fully adhered Sika Sarnafil system on the Bankers Life Fieldhouse roof for the upcoming season.
The heavily sloped roof of the arena definitely provides some interesting challenges for Midland Engineering. Because the roof is too steep to walk on near the sides, Midland Engineering constructed a scaffolding system to reach the top. Using a pulley system, rolls of Sarnafil membrane are efficiently hoisted to the flat top of the roof. To ensure the entire roof is protected against the Indianapolis wind and rain, the heavily sloped sections must also be covered. Installers from Midland Engineering propel downward in harnesses from safety tie offs to reach these difficult areas. Victor Womack from Midland Engineering assured us that this is all standard practice for the company, as they specialize in these challenging sloped roofs.
Bankers Life Fieldhouse is equipped with massive lightning rods to defend the roof against the Indianapolis thunderstorms. As Sika’s Pete Baker mentioned, there have been numerous thunderstorms this summer in Indianapolis. These storms have shortened the window to install the new roof between the Pacers elimination from this year’s playoffs and the start of the 2016 season. However, Midland Engineering has worked persistently to finish this project on time. Midland Engineering is an elite Sika Sarnafil contractor and has been using Sika Roofing systems for 30 years. With such an experienced contractor, this project will be completed successfully in time for the Pacers to have a great season.