Structure Evaluation Engineers, Inc.
(SEE) was retained to evaluate existing condition of
severely deteriorated historic terra cotta facade of a five-story office building in the downtown
of the city. Deteriorated and broken terra cotta pieces posed an immediate danger to the
public. Upon our recommendation a protective canopy was erected immediately to protect
the public from falling terra cotta pieces.
After a thorough evaluation SEE recommended repairing the whole exterior
facade in order to restore the integrity of the facade. We came up with an
innovative long-term repair option where the exterior facade can be restored and
protected successfully without
replacing it completely.
The ownership retained SEE to prepare
restoration documents, negotiate the contract with a terra cotta restoration contractor, and
oversee the construction. The restoration program included repairing deteriorated and
cracked terra cotta units, joint repairs, corroded anchor replacement,
deteriorated roof framing, backup wall replacement, and terra cotta
SEE provided terra cotta facade evaluation and condition
assessment, prepared the restoration documents for the exterior facade, contract
negotiation assistance, and oversaw the construction.