WJE Receives Honor Award from the Masonry Institute of Washington

July 13, 2010
The Masonry Institute of Washington presented an Honor Award (first place) in the restoration category to the University of Washington's Savery Hall for their 2010 Excellence in Masonry Design Awards. The organization honored the project and its design team for the rehabilitation of the historic building. SRG Partnership, the architect of record, engaged WJE to act as the primary exterior restoration consultant to provide architectural- and engineering-related design services.

Located on the University of Washington's campus, Savery Hall was originally designed by architects Bebb and Gould. The northern section of the building was completed in 1917 and the southern wing in 1920. Savery's last major renovation was in 1958 (south wing) and 1962 (north wing). Looking to restore older buildings on its campus, the University of Washington initiated a comprehensive interior and exterior restoration of the building.

The exterior of Savery Hall is clad with brick, terra cotta, and sandstone masonry. Slate tiles occupy the mansard portion of the roof. Rehabilitation efforts included stripping of an asbestos-containing paint from the terra cotta, repair and replacement of cracked and spalled terra cotta, patching of eroded and deteriorated sandstone, repointing of all mortar joints, and cleaning of the exterior. Roof tiles were repaired and preserved and flat roofing systems were replaced. In order to achieve an overall consistent look, WJE worked closely with the masonry subcontractor to match the color of terra cotta patches to the colors of the glaze.

Mark Morden was Project Manager. Anita Simon was the Project Architect (cladding) and Wade Vorley was the Project Associate (roofing)—all of WJE.

About WJE
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE), is an interdisciplinary firm of architects, structural engineers, and materials scientists that specializes in the investigation, analysis, testing, and design of repairs for historic and contemporary structures. WJE focuses on delivering practical, innovative, and technically sound solutions across all areas of construction technology. Since the firm's founding more than fifty years ago, WJE specialists bring the collective experience gained from conducting more than seventy-five thousand investigations worldwide to every construction challenge. WJE combines state-of-the-art laboratory and testing facilities, nationwide offices, and knowledge sharing systems to provide solutions for the built world. For more information, please visit wje.com.

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