MOUNT SINAI

CLIENT

Barton & Associates, LP

LOCATION
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

STRUCTURE

Former hospital complex built from 1921 to 1939,  covering an entire city block, abandoned for several years.

CHALLENGE
The project architect for this planned condominium conversion needed a plan to salvage, as economically as possible, a failing wall.  The lack of window flashing led to rainwater saturation of the building, resulting in pieces of the brick veneer cascading to the sidewalk/street below.

SCOPE OF SERVICE
  • Conduct inspections and assessments, particularly of the exterior envelope, as part of the due diligence phase of the redevelopment project.
  • In-depth investigation of the façade, masonry veneer, fenestration, and twenty-seven (27) roofs to identify conditions requiring repair, remediation, or demolition.  All of which was needed in order to complete the redevelopment design.
SOLUTION
  • We recommended that eight of the roofs be completely replaced due to deteriorated materials, poor repairs, drainage issues, and long-term design deficiencies.
  • Stabilization of the brick veneer was required.  We recommended pinning the outer layer of brick to the inner layer as replacing the exterior veneer was cost prohibitive.
  • An important decorative element and architectural detail was the glazed terra cotta ornamentation. With minor cosmetic repair, we recommended it be conserved.
  • Demolition of several of the minor buildings was recommended.
HISTORIC STATUS
Eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places as determined by the Philadelphia Historical and Museum Commission - 1999.