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Major cities throughout North America are recently undergoing a residential revitalization of buildings in their urban centers. Many of these buildings are used as masonry “loft” structures, converted from buildings originally built for industrial or commercial occupancy. The renovations of these buildings typically address structural concerns, such as corrosion of embedded metals, and serviceability concerns, such as water-tightness. Masonry repairs can range from being relatively minor to relatively major, often depending on the condition of the building. Frequently, disputes arise between those who directed the renovation project and those who ultimately reside in these buildings. There are few guidelines in the current literature that identify the degree of masonry repairs that should be anticipated by all parties. Such guidelines would help resolve conflict in this type of work. This paper will present some of the authors' observations in this area and identify common concerns raised by these projects.
loft conversions, masonry walls, masonry distress, evaluation, repair
Consultant, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE), Chicago, IL
Senior Engineer, WJE,
Principal Architect, Pappageorge/Haymes Ltd, Chicago, IL