College of William & Mary Graduate Housing, Facade Evaluation and Repair, Williamsburg, VA
The graduate student housing complex consists of nine separate buildings and houses graduate students for the College’s School of Law. The structures are three-story wood frame with brick veneer façades that suffered from multiple design and construction defects. The extent of the defects warranted complete removal and reconstruction of the veneer façades. Interim repairs were also required to stabilize the brick facades on the building because the façade replacement was specifically planned to be phased over several years.
WDP was retained to evaluate cracking and differential movement problems in the brick veneer of the buildings and determine appropriate repair options. WDP presented options to the Facilities Management Department and prepared plans and specifications for the selected repairs. WDP also managed repair efforts. Phase 1 of the project was designed, went to bid, and completed in the summer of 2005. This phase included installation of approximately 17,000 façade stabilization anchors and façade replacement on one of the nine buildings. Subsequent phases were completed within 90 calendar days during summer break with one phase being completed each summer. The final phase was completed in 2011.
WDP worked closely with the contractor responsible for the repairs to ensure that each phase was completed on time so that the dormitory buildings were ready for occupancy at the completion of summer break.