The building entrance is marked by a grand portico and stair. The existing portico and stair waterproofing systems were deteriorated and the interior space below showed signs of water damage. UVA wanted to understand the condition of the waterproofing and the effects that would have on the structural components of the portico and the usability of the interior space below.
Working with a local architecture team, SGH investigated the condition and configuration of the existing portico and stair and their associated waterproofing systems. We made observations at exploratory openings to document the condition of the existing waterproofing systems and performed water testing to identify the primary sources of water infiltration through the stairs and portico.
SGH prepared drawings and technical specifications for the removal and replacement of existing pavers, stair treads, mortar bed, and waterproofing membrane. We worked with the contractor throughout the construction to solve issues identified in the field.