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May 2, 2014

Renovation (Washington) -- Natural Resources Building envelope repair

Photo courtesy of Western Partitions
Western Partitions recladded more than 15,000 square feet of the exterior of the Natural Resources Building.

Location: Olympia

Contractor: Western Partitions

Architect: S.M. Stemper Architects

Team: Building Specialties; Dryvit Systems

This project was unique in that the seven-story Natural Resources Building was to have the EFIS, exterior sheathing and windows replaced while it was occupied. For construction, temporary walls were installed four feet from the exterior walls.

Added challenges were the wet and windy weather from October 2012 through January 2013, delivery/stocking of materials with little lay-down area, and the height of scaffolding.

Coordinating with other trades was critical because all existing windows stayed in place until new exterior sheathing was installed. After windows were removed, a liquid weather barrier was applied to the openings, and sill pan and windows were reinstalled as soon as it dried. Once new sheathing was up, backstop products, head- and through-wall flashing, and weather barriers were immediately installed.

Western Partitions recladded more than 15,000 square feet of the exterior and more than 14,000 square feet of patch back re-skim; refinished the existing EIFS columns; and installed a mechanical screen wall on the roof.

Judge’s comment: “In spite of the additional challenges created by the project being an occupied remodel, incomplete weather protection and limited access, the workmanship and project design resulted in a fantastic recladding of the building.”

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