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The existing condition of the exterior marble panel facade of a high-rise building in midtown Manhattan were unsafe. A number of marble faced panels had bulged out and were ready to pop out and fall down to the crowded street below. These deteriorated and unsafe conditions necessitated a facade investigation, close examinations, field testing of marble, and analyses of the deteriorated marble panels. The causes for the failure were determined in order to design effective repairs.
facades, marble panels, hi-rise, deterioration, unsafe conditions, field testing, repair work design
Principal, Feld, Kaminetzky & Cohen, P.C., Consulting Engineers, Roslyn Heights, NY