Crews Complete Masonry Restoration on Multifamily Housing Project and Attached Parking Garage

Glen Oak Towers is a housing building in Peoria, Ill., that gives preference to seniors, veterans and people with disabilities. Originally constructed in 1954, the 15-story masonry structure and its attached parking garage were showing signs of deterioration and corrosion of the concrete surfaces, as well as weathering from salts and de-icers brought into the garage from outside vehicles. Western Specialty Contractors’ Springfield, Ill., branch recently completed restoration of both structures, as two separate projects.

Glen Oak Towers, Peoria, Ill., and its attached parking garage were showing signs of deterioration and corrosion of the concrete surfaces.

Glen Oak Towers, Peoria, Ill., and its attached parking garage were showing signs of deterioration and corrosion of the concrete surfaces.

For the first project, Western Specialty Contractors’ crews restored the parking structure, located on the back side of the building. With the garage’s main level and its suspended deck completely enclosed, the total floor space per level was approximately 10,000 square feet.

The garage exhibited extensive damage to its concrete decking in the form of spalling and cracking, as well as corrosion to its structural concrete members. Western crews performed approximately 3,100 square feet of full-depth concrete repairs (30 percent of the suspended deck), 550 lineal feet of structural joist repairs, 55 lineal feet of structural beam repairs, removal of 1,500 square feet of asphalt topping on the upper level and installation of 825 lineal feet of gravity-fed epoxy injection.

The team installed shoring to support the concrete areas that were not to be removed during the restoration process. The shoring also acted as the support framework for the form work and false floor that had to be used for fall protection.

To keep the garage operable for tenants, crews performed the garage repairs in three phases. In the first phase, new concrete was installed using a concrete pump. In the second and third phases, new concrete was placed using a concrete buggy to move material through the garage. Once the concrete repairs were completed, Western Specialty Contractors’ crews applied a two-component, fast-cure traffic membrane on the elevated parking level. The garage restoration project was completed in four months.

For the second project, Western Specialty Contractors’ crews performed masonry restoration on the building’s challenging facade. Crews performed necessary tuckpointing throughout the building and replaced more than 5,000 spalled and broken bricks, which were mainly at the shelf angles. Western crews also installed new weeps along all of the shelf angles to allow water that may have penetrated the wall to drain out. Workers then re-sealed all of the shelf angles with a silicone sealant. Western crews also sealed around all newly installed windows, using a Dow Corning silicone sealant.

Because the building has a lot of entry points, crews were required to change the sizes of the swing stages often during the masonry restoration project.

“Access was difficult since there were lower roof areas that were not connected all the way around, so we had to move the stages up and down off the roof levels as we went around the entire building,” says Scott Haas, branch manager for Western Specialty Contractors’ Springfield location. “Roof anchors needed to be installed in order to tie back the swing stages properly.”

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