Indiana University Harper Hall Building Envelope Repairs
American Structurepoint completed a façade investigation of a ten-story dormitory building on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. Serious deficiencies in the limestone façade attachment system to the building were discovered. Our forensic engineers recommended that upwards of 75 percent of the limestone façade panels should be removed and reset with a new anchorage system.
The University initiated a repair project where American Structurepoint conducted additional, in-depth investigation of the façade anchorage system to the building structure and then produced construction documents, including specifications and drawings, for the façade repairs on all elevations of the building. The winning bid for repairs came in at around $1.5 million, to be completed within a 12-month construction time frame, with our consulting team providing construction administration services throughout the construction phase of the project.
The failure of the limestone façade panel attachments of Harper Hall also prompted the University to request that our engineering firm investigate the façade anchorage of the five surrounding, similarly-constructed low-rise buildings. The results of this investigation led to a similar repair design and construction administration project. Preliminary construction costs for the anticipated scope of repairs for this work have been estimated at approximately $2.9 million, to be scheduled concurrently with the ongoing repairs to Harper Hall.