Team Disney Corporate Headquarters Receives New Fibertite KEE Roof
Team Disney Burbank, California, has served as the corporate headquarters of The Walt Disney Company since 1991. In January 2006, the site was rechristened Team Disney – The Michael D. Eisner Building in honor of former Disney CEO Michael Eisner. Michael Graves designed the building, which features large figures of the dwarves from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on its facade. This building was featured in the 1996 film Spy Hard, a Disney release.
The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California, United States, serve as the international headquarters for media conglomerate The Walt Disney Company.
Disney staff began the move from the old Disney studio at Hyperion Avenue in Silver Lake on December 24, 1939. Designed primarily by Kem Weber under the supervision of Walt Disney and his brother Roy, the Burbank Disney Studio buildings are the only studios to survive from the Golden Age of filming. The Walt Disney Company is the last remaining Big Ten company to remain independent from a mother company. The Studios are also the only major film/animation studio not to run backlot tours.
The Walt Disney Studios was originally designed around the animation process, with the large animation building in the center of the campus, and adjacent buildings for the story department, the music department, the ink-and-paint departments, and the other various functions of the studio. Both above-ground walkways and tunnels connected the buildings, and the campus also included a movie theatre and a number of soundstages. The Disney feature The Reluctant Dragon, starring Robert Benchley, served as a tour of the then-new studio, which was also frequently seen and toured on the various Walt Disney television programs.
In the late 1940s, the studio began regular work on live-action features, as they needed the money. Though their first films were shot in England, the necessity to build live-action facilities still arose. Lacking the capital to do it themselves, Jack Webb offered to put up some of the money to build live-action stages in exchange for their use (Webb used it to shoot much of the Dragnet TV series). During this time, back lots were also built and remained standing at the studios until the management change of the mid-1980s.
In 1986, after the corporate restructuring of Walt Disney Productions into The Walt Disney Company, the buildings were remodeled to accommodate more live-action production space and administrative offices. The Studios are now made up of multiple office and administration buildings and ten soundstages. The primary building is the commanding Team Disney Burbank building, completed in 1990 and designed by Michael Graves. The Team Disney Burbank building contains the office of President and CEO Robert A. Iger, as well as the boardroom for the Board of Directors. It also houses offices for members of Senior Management, such as Andy Bird, head of Walt Disney International, Thomas O. Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and Robert Iger, Chairman of Walt Disney Studio Entertainment. The building is sometimes called the “Seven Dwarfs Building”; it has a stunning fascia of the seven dwarfs holding up the roof of the building, an homage to the animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which provided Walt Disney with the revenue to purchase the Burbank lot.
On January 23, 2006, in honor of Michael Eisner’s 21-year leadership of the company, the Team Disney building was rededicated as Team Disney – The Michael D. Eisner Building.
The Disney Studios Team Disney Building project became available to FiberTite and Architectural Accent only after budget restraints could not be met with the modified system that was originally specified. Architectural Accent Product Specialist, Kris Locken and partner in the project, McDonnell Roofing, suggested an alternate to the Team Disney Facilities Management group of using FiberTite 60 mil XT and providing a longer warranty and a more aesthetically pleasing roof. After the bids came in and were within budget, McDonnell Roofing was awarded the job. Construction began in the middle of August and consisted of tearing off the existing built-up roof and coming back with Hunter Panels Tapered Polyisocyanurate installed in low rise foam. That was covered by ½” Securock also installed in low rise foam and then FiberTite 60 mil XT Fleece Back membrane fully adhered using FiberTite’s FTR-190e adhesive. The result is a beautiful application of a roof system that will last for many, many years.
On some of the lower roof sections in this project, the color of the membrane was switched to Thermal Tan instead of FiberTite’s standard Off White. This allows for executives to look out their office windows and not be blinded by the light. Other participants in this project included Brandon Ewart, Gene McDonnell and Tony Williams and the crews at McDonnell Roofing. Catherine Peppard and Kore MacKenzie with MSA Architecture and Planning, Ray Buford of National Roof Consultants and his staff of inspectors. Haig Khdryan and Joe Santos with Team Disney Facilities.
“This is one of our favorite Fibertite re-roof projects”, says Kris Locken. “The project managers from Disney were very supportive during the pre-contruction and construction phases of this project, and gave us the tools and information we needed to prescribe the best re-roof solution for the project and to help deliver materials to McDonell Roofing on time and per the specifications outlined by MSA”.
There are many more structures at the Disney Burbank site, and providing new roof systems to meet the on-going needs of Disney will be both exciting and rewarding.
Indeed Disney does not use the word “Team” lightly. Architectural Accent feels privilidged to be part of that “Team”.
Architectural Accent Project reporter, Brian Carrillo.
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- 60 mil-8555 FiberTite-SM Seaman Corporation’s 8555 FiberTite-SM features an 18 x 19 / 840 x 1,000 denier weft reinforced polyester knit fabric, coated with a proprietary compound, utilizing DuPont’s™ Elvaloy® Ketone Ethylene Ester (KEE) as the principle polymer in the hybrid vinyl alloy coating.
- 50 mil-8142 FiberTite-XT Seaman Corporation’s 8142 FiberTite-XT membrane features an 18 x 18 / 1,100 x 1,300 denier weft reinforced polyester knit fabric, coated with a proprietary compound, utilizing DuPont’s™ Elvaloy® Ketone Ethylene Ester (KEE) as the principle polymer in the hybrid vinyl alloy coating.
- 60 mil-8155 FiberTite-XT Seaman Corporation’s 8155 FiberTite-XT membrane features an 18 x 18 / 1,100 x 1,300 denier weft reinforced polyester knit fabric, coated with a proprietary compound, utilizing DuPont’s™ Elvaloy® Ketone Ethylen Ester (KEE) compound as the principle polymer in the hybrid vinyl alloy coating.
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