College Planning & Management

JUN 2013

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Facilities c ampus spaces Maintaining a Façade Keeping historically signifcant facilities weatherproof and energy-efcient while preserving architectural features takes care and planning. by Scot t ber Man T Historic Aspects Such awareness spurs exacting methods. A telling instance was the work to restore the brick and limestone of the Mather Memorial Building on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH(seen here). Ed Taylor, president of Technical Assurance, a building envelope consulting frm, describes a detailed process that speaks to the need for aesthetic as well as environmental sensitivity when it comes to building envelopes. According to Taylor, "Prior 22 Photo courtesy of case Western reserve university he importance of campus building envelopes is more than skin deep. That fact is becoming increasingly evident when it is time for repairs and renovations. Indeed, elements such as façades, windows, and roofs can importantly aid efforts to improve building performance. Such efforts can be integrated. Upgrades to a building's mechanical systems, for example, need to be accompanied by a close look at the building envelope because the latter can greatly impact the former. Craig Schwitter and Erik Verboon of Buro Happold, an engineering consulting frm, put it this way: "We are no longer in an age where we can pump energy into a building without the right envelope." Across the country, there are municipal requirements and campus policies to inspect façades and maintain them; in order to guard against falling bricks, for example. Yet, as Schwitter says, "façades are about more than just holding out water and heat. They are your frst defense against energy ineffciency. Clients are much more aware of this than in the past." to repairing any of the limestone, stone patching mockups were reviewed, tested, and sampled until a near perfect texture and color patch material match was main- COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / JUNE 2013 tained. In order to protect the limestone and achieve the most environmentally friendly way to clean stone, water racks were placed over stone sections and a www.PLANNING 4EduCATION.COM

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