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SUCF– Kimball Hall Masonry/Window Rehabilitation

FFAE Architects provided complete Architectural Design Services for a comprehensive evaluation, rehabilitation and modernization of Kimball Hall; an existing 12-story high rise tower located at the University of Buffalo’s south campus. Built in 1950, the existing building is a blending of exterior envelope materials. The structure is composed of a poured-in-place concrete frame with brick veneer, terra cotta panels and aluminum curtain wall systems.

An extensive forensic study was provided to identify the existing deficiencies for each building envelope component systems. The forensics evaluated spalled and cracked concrete frame system, masonry brick veneer (i.e., replacement, repointing mortar joints), Terra Cotta Panel(s) with associated relieving angle investigation (i.e., replacement, removal, etc.), destructive testing, Petrographic Examination and Chemical Analysis of Mortar, and environmental sampling. The projects forensic investigation provides historical precedent and research data on how behavioral patterns of high-rise structures and their associated materials and systems interact with the environment.

The findings also allowed FFAE Architects to examine new technological alternative exterior cladding systems – appropriate to – the level of design needed for the hi-rise facade and improve the overall energy performance of the existing envelope integrated with the existing building systems. The concepts explored goals that include preservation, modernization,transformation of the existing high-rise structure image to become an emblem of the function that it houses (i.e., Medical Campus)

FFAE provided an overall context for the new modernization of the facade to blend in with the existing Medical Campus image. The Campus and SUCF chose to proceed based on the various options to provide a new exterior wall insulated metal panel curtain wall system that will provide a more state of the art thermal resistant envelope; transcending the “dated” terra cotta panel to a new “greener” prospect.



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