University of Connecticut, Family Studies Building
Home to the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and Lu’s Café, the Family Studies Building at the University of Connecticut features ornamental limestone cornices and window surrounds, mass brick masonry walls, slate and single-ply membrane roofs, and copper gutters. The steel-framed, single-paned windows were part of the original circa 1950 construction. SGH developed a window replacement program that preserved the original appearance of the building while improving the windows performance.
A primary goal of the project was to upgrade the existing windows to achieve better energy efficiency and durability. For this project, SGH:
- Investigated window performance, attachments, and flashing
- Recommended new windows, window flashing, and steel lintels
- Identified window types, features that optimized performance, and manufacturers that offered cost-effective options
- Specified replica aluminum windows with insulated glass and thermal breaks that minimized conduction of temperature between the inside and outside of the frames
- Reviewed concept and shop drawings, tested a mockup window installation, and conducted periodic site visits
- Designed gutter and downspout repairs, masonry restoration, roof replacement, and chimneys upgrades
Repair & Rehabilitation | Preservation
Kagan Architecture and Planning
Condition Assessments | Preservation
Key team members
Cornell University, Goldwin Smith Hall
The north wing of Goldwin Smith Hall was constructed in 1893 and the remainder of the building, designed by Carrère & Hastings, was completed in 1904. SGH investigated the existing roof and designed a replacement roofing system that is both durable and historically-sensitive.
University of Rochester, Ronald Rettner Hall for Media Arts and Innovation
SGH designed the structure for the building, featuring a large, three-story atrium connecting to adjoining spaces.