Salk Institute for Biological Studies

The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) and Salk Institute for Biological Studies announced today that after four years, conservation efforts were completed for one of the key architectural elements at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California—its teak window walls. The site, completed in 1965 and designed by famed architect Louis I. Kahn, is widely considered to be a masterpiece of modern architecture. After fifty years in an exposed marine environment, the institute’s distinct teak window walls, set within the monolithic concrete walls of the study towers and offices, had weathered to a non-uniform appearance and were deteriorated. The construction work, designed by WJE, addressed these issues. Learn more about the restoration in this video produced in cooperation with WJE, GCI and Salk Institute.
Working within established preservation guidelines and standards, WJE architectural, structural and conservation professionals balance the need to provide practical, long-term solutions with the ability to sensitively conserve a structure’s historic fabric. From planning and investigation through implementation, no firm is better qualified to respond to the technical and aesthetic needs of significant historic structures.

Historic buildings and structures are a tangible link to our past. From private owners to large institutions and government agencies, clients worldwide entrust WJE to preserve their historic properties for generations to enjoy. WJE preservation professionals have extensive expertise in the repair and conservation of a wide range of historic construction materials and building systems. Using sophisticated testing and materials analysis techniques, WJE professionals apply the science of preservation to develop appropriate and innovative solutions to restore historically significant properties.
  • Historical, technical, and materials research
  • Condition Surveys
  • Restoration Master Plans
  • Materials conservation analysis
  • Historic Structure Reports
  • HABS and HAER documentation
  • National Register nomination
  • Contract documents for preservation
  • Construction observation