M+S Architecture is proud to announce the completion of our façade restoration project on the Upper East Side in Manhattan built circa 1922.
The facade repairs were completed by Xinos Construction Corp. as part of the 8th Cycle FISP repairs specified by M+S. All the disturbed facade elements were repaired to their original design and materiality. Upon completion of the project the building’s FISP status was upgraded to SAFE by the NYC DOB Façade Unit.
The scope of work included: brick repointing, replacement and repair of the limestone windowsills and water tables, replacement of cracked bricks, replacement and waterproofing of steel lintels, raising of low roof parapets, and restoration of the existing brick chimney. Repointing of the entire front/north facade was conducted to address mortar spalling and help “erase” previous patchwork along the corner and lintels.
Repairs of limestone sections along the ground floor panels were custom stained by OPUS ARCHITECTURAL ARTS, LLC using mineral coatings manufactured by Cathedral Stone. Patch staining was conducted to blend the stone patches into the adjacent stones.
Brick centering was used to recreate existing brick patterns along window lintels scheduled for replacement. Brick centering is a technique used to support bricks during the restoration of a brick arch. The use of the temporary structure allows the bricks of an arch to lay during construction, until the mortar gains strength. As soon as the work is set, the centering is carefully removed.
Due to the amount of sections requiring repairs at the third floor stone ledge, coating was conducted along main segments to ensure a consistent finished appearance.
Because of budget limitations, the metal cornice proposed by M+S was not incorporated in the final scope of work. Building cornices serve as "hats" for the facade walls protecting them from direct water impact or water washing down along the top floors. The original building cornice was removed during previous façade repair projects performed by others.
Many of the repairs performed as part of this restoration project are typical for a building of this age and construction type in climates like as New York City. Keep an eye on our blog for a follow up post about “Façade Building blocks” to learn more. If you suspect that your building may have similar issues, feel free to call us for a consultation.
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