VITA Elementary


The Vancouver, Washington Public School District needed a modern and new elementary school to accommodate a growing student population.

Robertson and Olson were hired as the general contractor to build a 4-story, K-5 elementary school from the ground up. Commercial roofer Axiom D7 was brought in to install the roof and waterproofing system.


The waterproofing plans originally called for hot rubber. However, Axiom realized it was not the right system for the job, especially for waterproofing the elevator pit. With the position of the water table at the site, the school district would eventually run into issues — issues which might not be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.

With the cargo ship MV Evergreen stuck in the Suez Canal at the time, and global trade routes snarled, the project also faced significant material procurement issues, including a shortage of adhesives with chemicals sourced from across the world.


The roofing system consisted of 25,000 square feet of Fibertite. Axiom wound up switching from the originally proposed hot rubber to 12,000 square feet of CCW MiraSeal and 350 square feet of CCW MiraPly for the elevator pit waterproofing.

Axiom and CCW agreed to the modified approach, ensuring if there were a warranty claim in the future, CCW would honor it.  Both Axiom and CCW do not anticipate having any issues.

Solving the roofing material procurement issue was more complex.  With inclement weather fast approaching, Axiom and Fibertite collaborated on utilizing adhesives from a different manufacture while maintaining the Fibertite 20 year roof warranty.  This ingenuity allowed Axiom to install the roof just in time.

General Contractor: Robertson & Olsen
System Type: Fibertite, CCW


Against great odds and global obstacles, Axiom completed the school job on time and on budget.


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