Penza Bailey Architects provided A/E services to historically modernize the 4-story, 8,100 SF Albanian Embassy in Washington, DC. A major part of the modernization included roof upgrades and replacement. The project was a design build in collaboration with Rocchi Constuction.

The existing embassy roof was incorporated flat seam terne-coated metal roofing, slate roofing, and built-in gutters. The difficulty in removing these systems necessitated a unique approach. The entire metal roofing system was coated with a highly specialized flexible high-bond elastomeric coating system. The custom color matched the existing terracotta. Furthermore, the rear addition required the removal and restructuring of the deteriorated roof structure and roofing assembly. A new steel structure/ metal deck/ concrete slab roof system was provided. The roof is to function as an occupiable terrace. Therefore, a special traffic bearing system was specified.