What happens when the EIFS cladding of your 22 year old sorority house has failed at windows and roof edges allowing significant penetration of water into the wall system and students are about to move back in for the beginning of school? Case Western Reserve University’s Housing Department called the one firm they knew could manage these problems. studioTECHNE had previously surveyed this building as part of the Housing Audit and made a number of recommendations to the University for the repair and restoration of the building. The client wanted longevity in any solution. Their reinvestment had to last more than 22 years. First steps included directing the removal of the entire exterior wall system, removal of all windows, skylights and roofing and remediating any damage. Repairs began with installing a spray on permeable weather barrier, addition of new insulation on the walls and roof; and construction of a properly vented and detailed brick rainscreen system around the building. Sone detailing was added to compliment the surrounding historic homes and buildings. The roof was extended past the exterior walls, new flashing and gutter details were installed along with a 50 year dimensional shingle roof.
Utilizing our extensive experience with forensic building analysis, and knowledge of building construction techniques, studioTECHNE was able to use the defined budget to properly repair the entire building exterior providing CWRU with a project that will provide a safe, healthy, energy efficient environment for students, that minimizes maintenance and repair issues for the next 50 years.