CBI was engaged to evaluate six high-rise elderly housing buildings for the Worcester Housing Authority to determine the causes of various masonry cracks, spalls and water leakage conditions in an effort to recommend repairs to correct the conditions.
The Wellington Street and Murray Avenue Apartments had many masonry cracks and spalls resulting from a lack of control joints. The masonry was repaired and control joints were installed in appropriate locations to allow the masonry to move with thermal changes. Stairwell windows were sealed to control water leakage and operable sash not required to be opened were sealed shut. The Elm Park Tower Apartments had water leakage problems that were found to be caused by poorly installed waterproofing in the cavity walls and a replacement window installation. Various repairs methods were evaluated and recommended. Coating the wall was implemented. Door and railing repairs were made at the Pleasant Tower Apartments, Webster Square Towers West and Webster Square Towers East. These three buildings required evaluations of all of the fire and exit doors to determine what repairs or replacements were required to bring the doors up to code requirements. CBI designed the repairs to closers, handles, weatherstripping, hinges, vision panels and the replacement of door slabs that were beyond repair. Exterior railings were also replaced.