Restoring brick facades plays an essential role in reusing existing building stock. Every project should answer this question: can the facade be saved or has the brick’s deterioration critically compromised the wall’s stability? Existing brick masonry is often treated as a maintenance item and not much thought is given to whole system performance. Brick and mortar defects can be treated as symptoms, but the overall stability of the assembly is often overlooked.
Arcadis IBI Group, as landscape architect/environmental planner, has completed a multi-year restoration and repair project for the Christian Science Plaza, one of Boston’s most iconic urban landscapes, with a sustainable rebuild of its key feature, the Reflecting Pool, enhancements to the public open space, and other improvements for environmental sustainability.
As a part of the living history of construction, archaic floor systems exist in many buildings despite having been supplanted by modern construction methods. As a building manager or design professional, it is important to be aware these systems are in use today, and to recognize one in place before attempting repairs, alterations, or construction to avoid inadvertently damaging the integrity of a structure.
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