James Madison University Madison Hall Building Renovations, Harrisonburg, VA
When James Madison University purchased a former hospital complex for the University, they envisioned that the existing multi-story hospital building could be renovated to serve as a new visitor center and Physics Laboratory. Renamed Madison Hall, WDP (and the entire Glave and Holmes project team) were selected to repurpose the building and solve some of the lingering serviceability problems with leakage, façade damage, and air infiltration.
WDP investigated the condition of the existing exterior façade and roofing system and performed on-site non-destructive testing, water testing, and visual inspections as well as disassembly and reinstallation of portions of the building’s masonry veneer and window systems. On-site work was performed from swing stage scaffolding, multiple-tiered roof levels, at-grade, and from the interior. It was determined that the majority of the building's façade could be renovated and improved rather than reclad, saving millions of dollars in the overall renovation project.
Improvements to the building's large curtainwall glazing systems were made with new Low-E insulated glass units, and problems with restrained masonry that were damaging the exterior cladding were reconfigured to properly accommodate the building and façade movements. WDP also provided design and document review services to the design architect for the building envelope components as well as third party observations during construction.