Pitt's new arena doesn't need roof replaced, firm says

By wire services
Published June 25, 2005

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh might not need to replace the roof on its new basketball arena, according to an engineer hired by an architecture firm being sued by the school.

The university is planning to spend up to $5.6-million to replace the roof of the $119-million Petersen Events Center, which opened about three years ago. The university said the roof leaks, and it intends to have it replaced by basketball season.

In a report presented to the university, a roofing engineer hired by architecture firm Apostolou Associates/Rosser International said 70-80 percent of the roof is fine and the university didn't consider less drastic measures.

In December, Pitt and the state sued Apostolou/Rosser and the contractors, alleging a shoddy design and construction has left the building with more than 200 holes in its roof, ventilation, sprinkler and communications systems.

The architecture firm countersued in January. Attorneys for the joint venture formed by Pittsburgh-based Apostolou and Atlanta-based Rosser said the problems resulted from "unattainable" demands.

Football CLEMSON: Four players from the recruiting class of 2003 will transfer. Reserve offensive lineman Clint LaTray and reserve defensive back Brandon Nolen cited a lack of playing time. As redshirt freshmen last season, neither appeared in a game. Receiver Chris Jefferson and defensive back Robert Reese did not give reasons.

GEORGIA: Freshman defensive back Antavious Coates will miss all of the upcoming season due to a left knee injury that will require reconstructive surgery. The Bulldogs disclosed only that the injury happened this week.

TENNESSEE: Receiver Jayson Swain had arthroscopic knee surgery but is expected to be ready by fall practice. A junior this fall, he was second on the team with 29 catches last season with four touchdowns.

MEN'S SOCCER: Four players committed to USF. Forward/midfielder Joey Brown was named second-team all-state last season for Seminole. Alex Muniz had 25 goals and 18 assists for Bloomingdale. Kyle Pendergrass was a standout goalie for Riverview. And forward Garrett Gaa played in the Netherlands.

TRACK: Florida State freshman and former Jesuit star Beau Burroughs took third in the shot put at the U.S. Junior meet in Carson, Calif. He earned a spot as an alternate on the U.S. roster for the Pan-Am Games.