As a building restoration contractor specializing in historic masonry repair and restoration, building owners and architects request that we review building facades with regard to unusual conditions. Over the past 20 years, we have observed structures where life safety is of immediate concern. While we acknowledge our responsibility to notify those responsible for these conditions, we are sometimes frustrated by owners and professionals who are ambivalent to the risks identified.
This paper will review public school buildings and private institutions where, in our opinion, public safety was compromised. A national standard requiring the periodic inspection of building facades is needed to protect the public, especially children who attend our public schools.
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