"Facades are complex. Our extensive experience with facades of all types and vintages enables efficient and effective evaluation and repair solutions."
— Ed Gerns, Principal
WJE pioneered the practice of modern facade assessment and repair more than forty years ago. WJE’s work investigating landmark facade failures, including New York City’s Woolworth Building in 1977 and Chicago’s Aon Center in 1988, positioned the firm as a global leader in the field. Today, WJE is recognized as a trusted resource for objective and technically sound facade assessment and repair design on both contemporary and historic structures.
One of the unique core strengths WJE brings to all of its work is the technical depth and expertise available from the firm’s materials science group in the Janney Technical Center (JTC). More than sixty years of industry-sponsored, leading-edge research and laboratory testing for material durability and performance provides WJE professionals with the in-house resources necessary to take a holistic approach to problem-solving that is critical to developing comprehensive, cost-effective, and technically sound repair and restoration strategies for building facades of any age, material composition, or construction type. The technical depth of the JTC and hands-on approach to problem-solving that all of the company’s professionals take in the field are both hallmarks of WJE, whether working from scaffolding or engaging the services of the professionally certified WJE Difficult Access Team to reach facade and domed surfaces that others consider impossible to reach.
- Facade survey and condition assessment
- Laboratory and field durability and performance testing
- Investigation and remediation of uncontrolled rainwater penetration
- Evaluation of thermal performance and condensation potential
- Structural analysis, nonlinear finite element analysis, and repair design
- Cost estimating and capital reserve studies
- Prepurchase/presale evaluation and condition assessment
- Repair, rehabilitation, and reclad/overclad of existing structures
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