BUILDING: Church of the Nativity
LOCATION: Huntsville, AL
PROBLEM: This historic landmark has
experienced significant damage since
its construction in 1859, including wind
damage to the 150-foot steeple in 1956, improper repointing of the exterior masonry
walls, water infiltration from the roof, and
insect infestation in the wood. A building
condition survey revealed the need for a
comprehensive restoration program for all
three structures on the campus.
SOLUTION: A two-year phased restoration project included repointing and
masonry restoration with a lime-based
mortar appropriate for a historic structure
from this period. The galvanized stamped
shingles were replaced with copper
shingles and standing seam panels in
square and “dragon scale” shapes. Copper
was chosen based on its appearance and
the use of similar materials on comparable
historic buildings in the area.
BUILDING: Glass Factory Condominium
LOCATION: Cambridge, MA
PROBLEM: Several dozen leaks plagued the building, requiring an
evaluation of the building envelope to determine the most
appropriate course of action.
SOLUTION: A specification package was developed to restore
the outside of the building. It included repairing and recoating the
deteriorated concrete, repointing and sealing the brick masonry
wall sections, and replacing all of the exterior caulking.
BUILDING: Hampton Place Condominium
LOCATION: Chestnut Hill, MA
PROBLEM: The condominium association
requested an investigation of numerous leaks at
their three-building property, as well as recommendations for repairs. Noblin & Associates,
which restored the condominium buildings, discovered widespread flashing failures and other
construction deficits that led to water infiltration.
SOLUTION: The brick masonry veneer was
completely removed and rebuilt, incorporating
properly installed flashing and waterproofing.
“This building was the poster child for brick
buildings gone bad,” notes Ralph Noblin, President of Noblin & Associates. “It was early 1980s
construction. When we stripped all of the brick
off of the building, behind it was deteriorated
sheet rock and metal studs that were rusting so
badly that some of them had to be replaced.”
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