Spectrum Systems undertakes projects on a selective basis. Typically, such projects must be large scale, high profile, and with a clear preference for new construction activities. We partner with our overseas suppliers during the entire process from submission of proposals through to the successful execution and completion of each project. Because of this, our customers can be assured of the full technical input of our suppliers to guarantee appropriate recommendations, successful installations, and full post construction warranty support for materials and workmanship.
Our wide range of products and ease of access to additional suppliers and technologies offers to Project Managers the convenience of one stop shopping for a full range of roofing and waterproofing systems. The ability to source the multitude of such systems necessary to complete large projects, from one local supplier, greatly simplifies the Project Managers job. Following are some of the projects now under construction, or completed, and others we have supplied.
This massive new development at the University of the West Indies Mona campus is now under construction and is expected to be ready for occupancy around the end of 2011. This state of the art facility is designed to provide a capacity for 500 local and international students, training them in related sciences such as anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, physical therapy and forensic DNA facilities. Spectrum Systems was asked to specify and supply the roofing products and systems needed to weatherproof this multi-story 20,000 square meter facility. The systems supplied included insulated and non-insulated modified membrane assemblies, and also areas that would be root resistant for roof garden features. Spectrum nominated local specialist roofing contractor Moonwind Ltd. to perform this large and complex installation. It was completed to the full satisfaction of Chinese main contractor ZDA Construction.
We commenced this project in September 2006, initially on the basis of a contract for Phase 1 only. We were eventually awarded another contract to complete the second Phase to include the roofing and waterproofing of the three hotels which comprise this massive, 1000 room resort. The project was completed during December 2008.
Numerous systems were specified in conjunction with our suppliers for a variety of applications from subterranean structure damproofing to the highest roof. From the waterproofing of flood control waterways to water features within restaurants. If there was a need to control water/weather intrusion, Spectrum Systems supplied and installed a system to satisfy that need.
Iberostar consists of three hotels with different levels of service and amenities, beginning with the completed Hotel 1 on the left for families, and ending with the luxurious adults only Spa Class Hotel 3 under construction on the extreme right.
The Metro Shingle roof tile in Weathered Timber, manufactured by Metrotile of New Zealand, was specified and installed on the inclined roofs. This product provided the resort with the classic look of wood shingles, but with the long life and durability of a tile made from 26-gauge Zincalume steel with a stone finish, and carrying a 50 year warranty.
Waterproofing membranes manufactured by EDIL C.A. of Venezuela were specified and installed on the low slope roofs. A large scale construction site creates special challenges for any contractor seeking to create watertight roofs. The tough, polyester reinforced APP modified bitumen membranes proved to be the right choice to endure the severe construction traffic over all roof areas, whilst retaining their waterproofing integrity as restored by the extensive repairs that were necessary. Few other waterproofing systems could have taken the abuse suffered and still remain serviceable and effective waterproofing.
The Iberostar Resort has numerous storage, engineering, office and other facilities which are subterranean with no structures above, but in need of protection. This created a need for a waterproofing system which could be landscaped with lush foliage, thereby concealing and protecting these large subterranean facilities. A root resistant system supplied by Novaglass S.P.A. of Italy was specified and installed. This system offered the benefits of absolute root resistance coupled with positive drainage of groundwater and protection from the activities of gardeners and other maintenance personnel. The natural beauty of such landscaped areas concealed the existence of the fully functional waterproofing system beneath.
The Richmond Development is a unique residential community located at Llandovery in St. Ann on Jamaica’s scenic north coast. It will consist of 1,000 houses, two apartment complexes, a shopping centre, schools, medical centre, sports and fitness centre, a 100 room hotel, etc. The Metro Shake system was chosen for Phase 1 of the development now under construction. According to the developer, it was chosen because it “enhances the structural integrity of our residences”. Spectrum Systems will be supplying and installing the roofs on this prestigious and trendsetting community that promises to set the standards by which all similar developments will be judged.
The site is located on a beautiful 500 acre property nestled between undulating hills in the background and the Caribbean Sea to the front. As at the end of 2010, the first 150 houses have been erected and are now being roofed with the Metro Shake system. Construction is moving rapidly towards completing the 350 houses slated for Phase 1 of this development.
The Metro Shakes are being installed on a counter batten system that creates a ventilation space between the tiles and the timber roof deck. The Thermabar 314 heat reflective underlayment, with brilliant silver appearance, is used as a waterproof and radiant heat barrier, causing a reduction in interior temperatures of up to 7 degrees centigrade. This very energy efficient roofing system will substantially reduce the cooling costs of the houses and increase the comfort of the occupants.
Metro Shake tiles in four different colours were chosen, creating a very pleasing palette of natural colours. The colours chosen were Beechwood, Weathered Timber, Forest and Ashwood.
The Half Way Tree Transport Centre was constructed during the years 2006/2007 by the Belgian contractor BESIX assisted by KIER Caribbean, with funding provided by the Belgian Government. This unique facility was designed to ease the severe traffic congestion in the HWT area by removing the buses from the streets during the passenger loading/offloading process.
Spectrum Systems was approached by one of the key European suppliers for the project, SOPREMA of France, to partner with them for the supply and installation of various roofing and waterproofing systems used on this state of the art facility. We had previously worked with this leading international supplier on other specialized local projects, so they knew we had the capability to deliver the first world standards of design solutions, approvals and submittals, with expert workmanship required for success of this high profile project. Apart from the financial gains realized from performing this large scale project, we benefitted tremendously from working in a first world construction environment which was frankly unprecedented in its technical requirements for our company, notwithstanding our extensive prior experience on large scale Jamaican projects.
The HWT Transport Centre consists of two levels for the loading and offloading of buses. The lower level, on earth, serves buses plying routes going uptown. Whilst the upper level suspended “platform” serves buses going downtown. Each level has winding roadways with several stops to load/offload passengers, and several pedestrian walkways in between. Additionally, 17 shops and several retail/service kiosks were constructed for the convenience of passengers and other users of this facility. Added to that were the commercial offices for the operators of the facility, and a terrace overlooking HWT Road intended to accommodate a food court.
Spectrums project was to roof and waterproof all of these facilities, upper level roadways and pedestrian walkways, using various purpose designs systems supplied by SOPREMA. We performed all aspects of the project, from securing appropriate designs/solutions for every conceivable detail that could be predicted from the architectural designs; to obtaining from SOPREMA and testing agencies abroad all the relevant product/system approvals; to securing approval of these from the general contractor BESIX Jamaica and local consultants; to assisting with importation of the products and systems specified; and finally to performing the installation of these systems to the highest standards of quality and precision. Our work was subjected to the most rigorous schedule of oversight and testing by several overseas and local engineers and consultants, and passed all such scrutiny and testing with flying colours.
The HWT Transport Centre project was very challenging for all members of our staff who were involved, but we will always be happy and appreciative to have been a part of this high profile and unique project in Jamaica. The photos with captions below provide a glimpse into what it took to perform this project.