Volume 1, Issue 3 (March 2004)

    Facade Inspections a Must for Both New and Old Buildings—A Case Study of Two High Rise Structures

    (Received 14 August 2002; accepted 10 January 2003)

    Published Online: 2004

    CODEN: JAIOAD

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    Abstract

    To the untrained eye of a nonprofessional and even to the trained eye of many professionals, it is not uncommon for casual observance of the facade of a high-rise structure to suggest all is well. However, one must look deeper to uncover obscure telltale signs that may reveal underlying problems of great significance. Two case studies illustrate that what is not readily obvious may be critical to public safety in facade inspection. These two studies include a 20-story building built in the mid 1920s with a steel frame and masonry cladding that had developed vertical cracking extending up the corners and a 29-story building barely a decade old which signaled distress when a panel of brick masonry veneer fell to the sidewalk below.


    Author Information:

    McGinley, WM
    Professor, Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro, NC

    Ernest, CL
    Principal Engineer, Sutton Kennerly & Associates Inc., Greensboro, NC


    Stock #: JAI11165

    ISSN: 1546-962X

    DOI: 10.1520/JAI11165

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    Title Facade Inspections a Must for Both New and Old Buildings—A Case Study of Two High Rise Structures
    Symposium Building Facade Maintenance, Repair, and Inspection, 2002-10-13
    Committee E06