University of Connecticut, Fine Arts Building
The University of Connecticut’s (UConn’s) Fine Arts Building is a u-shaped, two-story building built in 1974. The building is a ribbed concrete masonry unit load-bearing structure with low-slope built-up roofs, batten-seam metal roofs, and aluminum windows and curtain walls. The building has a central courtyard and raised concrete terraces that provide access to the paved parking areas and adjacent loop roads. The building enclosure systems had aged and the University was concerned with leakage and deterioration. In addition, inadequate stormwater management had caused damage to the building, its terraces, and paved parking areas. UConn also wished to explore options to revitalize the landscaping around the building, which had become overgrown.
SGH worked closely with university staff as we inspected the building enclosure, terrace construction, soils, and site drainage. Our team of sub-consultants assisted with surveying, landscaping, related electrical work, and cost estimating. Our assessment included a hands-on visual survey, observations of concealed conditions at exploratory openings, and an infrared survey of the low-sloped roofs. We also reviewed existing site and utility plans and performed an analysis of the site drainage.
SGH recommended repairs for the windows and walls, replacement of the roofs, and landscaping improvements, and also suggested improvements for the stormwater management system that would adequately treat and attenuate runoff from the Fine Arts Building area. We provided preliminary pricing of the repair options to assist the University in budgeting and phasing future repairs.