Coastal Equipment Company

Replacement of mechanical systems, major interior renovation and complete new exterior building facade, while maintaining all building operations

Naval Medical Center, Building 3

Building 3 had been experiencing substantial leak and moisture infiltration problems for many years. The building, constructed in 1958, featured a Flemish header bond that differs greatly from the methods used in today’s masonry practices. Heartland recieved the award for the project in 2010. Shortly after award, exploratory demolition began and revealed a myriad of problems with the existing CMU backup wall. As a result, the project required significant redesign in order to facilitate the facade replacement. HCI teamed with a local engineering firm to design a retrofit relief angle system that could attach to the existing steel frame while not compromising the 50-year-old structure. In addition to the complex relief angle design, HCI also had to develop a wind-bracing system that would protect both the new masonry and exposed backup wall conditions from wind exposure. Without this system, the existing backup walls would be susceptible to structural failures and collapses. This $49 million project was completed in August of 2015.

Norfolk Federal Building

This project consisted of the façade replacement to the Norfolk Federal Building. The original building was clad in an orange/red brick that had deteriorated so poorly that portions of the façade were falling from the building onto the streets and sidewalks below. We removed all of the building’s exterior walls and window systems and installed new precast panels, structural framing, and new windows, all while the building remained occupied. The project is located directly across the street from the Royster Building, another successful façade restoration project. The total value of this project was $5.4 million.

Hampton City Hall

BGI performed façade restoration work to this 10-story building in Downtown Hampton. The complete project called for the removal and replacement of the limestone façade panels, structural steel repairs, and installation of new waterproofing and flashings. The total project value was in excess of $2.3 million.