As noted in previous columns, successful long-term performance for repointing mortar joints in an existing masonry structure requires the development of an appropriate mortar mix, proper installation, and correct designation of the type and extent of work required.
When properly specified and executed, the preconstruction performance mockup of an enclosure assembly can offer several benefits to any project. Most notably, the mockup provides project teams the opportunity to observe, evaluate, and refine the design, fabrication, and installation sequencing of the enclosure assemblies and corresponding interface conditions.
When it was time to transform New Orleans’ historic Barnett’s Furniture store into an Ace Hotel, designers wanted to maintain the 90-year-old building’s original Art Deco façade, but also upgrade the structure’s features. Building professionals selected aluminum-framed windows, designed to replicate the look of steel-framed installations popular in the early 20th century.