Inn at Penn

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Investigation and Exterior Wall Repairs

Leakage through the building envelope had resulted in damage to the building interior and performance problems throughout the facility. WJE was retained to assess and test the existing conditions to determine the cause of water leakage and to develop documents for repair of the building envelope and affected interior spaces. A significant part of the challenge was to implement repairs in phases so that portions of the building could remain in use and with minimal disruption during the work.


Completed in 1999, the Inn at Penn is a six-story steel-framed hotel and retail facility that provides accommodation and meeting spaces for visitors to the University. The exterior walls of the structure principally consist of cavity wall construction with brick cladding backed up by light gauge steel framing. The fenestration consists of fixed aluminum framed curtain wall and storefront units.


After a thorough document review of the structure, WJE conducted an exterior wall investigation and water testing to identify the deficiencies and causes of the water leakage. WJE determined that the moisture problems were caused by excessive water penetration into the wall system, lack of an effective air and vapor retarder system, and a poorly functioning mechanical system.

As a result of the investigation, WJE coordinated an interdisciplinary team, including mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and interior consultants, to develop construction documents for masonry, roof, and interior repairs of the building. Windows and curtain walls were also replaced during the project. WJE also provided construction phase services and performed quality control testing during the repairs.

WJE coordinated with the University, building management, and an interdisciplinary project team to achieve successful implementation of the entire project in phases to accommodate continued building use throughout the project.