Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit in late 2017 causing substantial structural damage to the USVI National Guard facilities. To return the facilities to working conditions, Conti Federal led this design-build project on the geographically isolated island cluster.

Conti Federal is providing full design and renovations/reconstruction on 13 different buildings at 4 different base locations on both islands. The major work scope entails the removal, disposal, and replacement of modified bitumen built-up roofs and standing seam metal roofs measuring approximately 160,000 square feet in total area. The scope also requires the replacement of roof flashing, roof vents, and drains and gutters and downspouts. Additional major work at some facilities include complete interior demolition and disposal with full interior reconstruction of walls, floors, and ceilings.

Other repair items include removal and replacement of overhead doors, hangar doors, interior and exterior doors, windows, HVAC and plumbing systems, electrical systems, fire alarm systems, and other activities to fully restore the buildings. All roof coverings and openings  repaired or replaced under this contract are required to meet High Velocity Wind Zone requirements for 174-mph velocities (Category 5 Hurricane).

The key features of the project include:

  • Designed, renovated, and reconstructed 13 different buildings at 4 bases across St. Thomas and St. Croix
  • Removed/replaced 160,000 SF of modified bitumen built‐up roofs; performed interior demolition/renovation, mold/lead remediation, and removed, relocated, installed, and commissioned utility systems
  • Performed work concurrently on each island, requiring two separate management/work crews for the duration of the project
  • Prioritized high-profile buildings and placed National Guard occupants into temporary office spaces during roofing repairs

The Highlights



The work expanded across 2 islands and 4 bases on the islands of St. Thomas and St. Croix.



Conti Federal designed, renovated, and reconstructed 13 separate buildings.


Square Feet

The team removed and replaced 160,000 square feet of modified bitumen built-up roofs.



All roof coverings and openings are built to sustain Category 5 hurricanes, meeting High Velocity Wind Zone requirements of 174 miles per hour.