International Concrete Repair Institute Honors WJE Projects

October 21, 2010
The International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI), honored several WJE projects at their eighteenth annual ICRI Project Awards Banquet in Pittsburgh October 21, 2010. Each year, ICRI celebrates the most outstanding concrete repair projects from around the world. The University of Saint Mary of the Lake (Mundelein, Illinois), received an Award of Excellence in the Historic category. The Wheaton Center Apartments (Wheaton, Illinois), the Baha’i House of Worship (Wilmette, Illinois), and the Sea Vista Condominiums (South Padre Island, Texas), all received Awards of Merit.

University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, Restoration of Historic Belvedere and Mall, Mundelein, Illinois
The historic belvedere and mall structures on the campus of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary (USML) suffered widespread masonry and concrete deterioration; the need for their repair was evident. Seeking guidance, the USML and its contractor, Valenti Builders, Inc., turned to WJE. Given just eight short weeks, the WJE team was asked to complete a thorough investigation of existing conditions, perform historical research, and develop contract documents for the mall's restoration. Pete Popovic (Structures II) and Brett Laureys (Architecture) served as Project Managers.

Wheaton Center Apartments, Exterior Rehabilitation, Wheaton, Illinois
Constructed in the mid-1970s, Wheaton Center Apartments is a 760-unit complex consisting of six apartment buildings, three parking structures, and a swimming pool/recreation deck. Thirty-five years after construction, the exteriors of each of the six buildings were due for rehabilitation improvements. WJE overcame a demanding schedule using full-height pipe scaffolding though an innovative top-down sequence to enhance production, reducing project time and budgets. Kevin Michols (Structures I) served as Project Manager.

Baha’i House of Worship, Exterior Rehabilitation and Modifications, Wilmette, Illinois
Dedicated in 1953, the architecturally striking Baha’i House of Worship was built in several stages over a forty-year period. The entire structure is detailed in ornamental white exposed-aggregate concrete. Having endured harsh weather conditions throughout its existence, the structure has been in need of concrete rehabilitation services. WJE has investigated and assisted in structural repairs in several phases since the 1980s. The Baha’i House of Worship was previously awarded the ICRI Repair Project of the Year in 1993. Don Meinheit (affiliated consultant), Paul Gaudette (Chicago), Jason Aspin (Chicago), and Lidia Uznanski(JTC) have all contributed to the most recent phase of this project.

Sea Vista Condominiums Rehabilitation, South Padre Island, Texas
The Sea Vista Condominiums consist of two six-story reinforced concrete buildings located near the Gulf of Mexico. Ten years after they were built, chloride-induced corrosion had caused extensive damage to the balconies, columns, and beams. WJE used a number of repair techniques to fully address the root cause of the issues. The client’s overall goals were met, including restoring the structure, arresting the corrosion, adding value to the investment, and improving the aesthetics of the building. Lee Lawrence (Austin) served as Project Manager.

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

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