Historical façades require particularly delicate forensic investigation skills to avoid further degradation. We develop assessments that provide a technical narrative and details that can be understood by the broad range of stakeholders. The assessments typically involve a remediation plan including stabilizing the existing façade, means and methods for preservation, and strategies for mitigating future degradation.
Once the results of the forensics are reviewed and structural testing and stabilization reports are complete, the restoration programming can take place. Our team will determine the sequence of façade shoring, deconstruction, inventory control, replacement material acquisition and reconstruction. The programming will take into account access to the site and ongoing use of the structure as required.
We recognize the significance of the original façade construction methods and strive to utilize the same methods for reconstruction and preservation. In the end we develop a detailed preservation documentation that is augmented by field reports, material surveys and as-built conditions. Once the project is complete the preservation documentation provides a roadmap for future remediations.