9 Story 1920s Brick-Clad Highrise
We replaced much of the parapet wall on this structure. The existing parapets were masonry only without any steel to resist tension as created by lateral forces such as wind and earthquakes. They are fairly brittle in their original design and begin to lean as the sun and wind take a toll. We saved the face brick and epoxied rebar into the concrete frame that was threaded through the new grouted CMU backup. The limestone coping was then reseated over much more generous flashing.
Nursing Home Mechanicals Challenge
We replaced a large 100 person firm on this job and were able to successfully complete it. Originally the individual rooms were heated and cooled via a forced-air plenum that pushed air from a mechanical closet at the end of the hall into the plenum and then into the individual rooms through a louvered opening above the door. This is a classic "fire highway" and was disallowed a long time ago. The air needed to be moved inside ducts that could closed off with dampers in case of fire. The 9'-0" floor-to-ceiling height presented a challenge as large return air ducts could not be fit into the hallway 1'-6" drop ceiling. So we specified PTAC units for the individual rooms and eliminated them. The hall still had to be mechanically ventilated and the existing drop ceiling could accommodate that. Problem solved!
2 Flat to Single family
We do these better than most because we make the details right. Placing the steel in the floor cavity doesn't cost much more but it makes the room a single space. It takes some skill and that's what we bring to the table. Please ask us more about this kind of project. We have done several. A contractor who claims he can do the design and the construction will likely underserve you because they do not have your best interest in mind. We do. That's the advantage that pays dividends through the years.
Steel detailing can be beautiful
Steel detailing can be beautiful. Here's a good example of what our steel contractor colleague can do. He is an artist.
makeArchitecture brings strong technical skills to every project and sometimes that IS the project. From a nursing home renovation where mechanicals had to be sandwiched into a mere 9'-0" floor to ceiling section to masonry repairs on a 1920s concrete frame building with brick cladding, we have the technical skills to take on and lead a team of professionals towards a successful and cost-effective solution. We can get it done on time, on budget and specify it so that it merits a building permit.