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Roofs

EAA Chapter 838 Facility Roofing Rehabilitation

Client: Experimental Aircraft Association - Chapter 838
Location: Racine, WI
Completed: 2012
FEI Services: Analysis, Design, and Construction Administration
Contractor: Carlson Racine Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc.

EAA Chapter 838 was experiencing persistent leakage to the interior of their hangar. The hangar houses an indoor museum. The ramifications were enormous. EAA Chapter 838 and retained FEI to analyze conditions and design a repair solution for their facility.
A working aircraft hangar, the EAA chapter's facility required solutions to improve energy efficiency and meet increased wind uplift demands. This meant designing a single-ply overlay system that attached to structural elements of the roof instead of the existing standing seam metal panels to achieve the necessary wind uplift ratings. This was necessary to overcome the increased uplift demands imposed by the hangar's location and problems typically associated with aircraft hangers when the hanger doors are opened. FEI also provided bidding, construction administration, and quality assurance services for the project.

  • EAA Chapter 838 Facility Roofing Rehabilitation
  • EAA Chapter 838 Facility Roofing Rehabilitation
  • EAA Chapter 838 Facility Roofing Rehabilitation

UW Oshkosh Kolf Center Roof Replacement

Client: State of Wisconsin
Location: Oshkosh, WI
Completed: 2013
FEI Services: Analysis & Design

The State of WI Division of Facilities Development (DFD) retained FEI to analyze and design repair solutions for the failed roofing system at the UW Oshkosh Kolf Center. The existing roofing system experienced premature failure.  DFD utilized FEI to provide technical support for their efforts to recoup losses from the installing contractor and their fiduciary partners.

FEI also provided engineering analysis, recommendations, and design for new roofing systems to accommodate very limited structural wind and load capacities. FEI was also retained by DFD to provide additional construction quality assurance and oversight during the construction of the project.

  • UW Oshkosh Kolf Center Roof Replacement
  • UW Oshkosh Kolf Center Roof Replacement
  • UW Oshkosh Kolf Center Roof Replacement

Bed Bath & Beyond Roof Assessment

Client: Continental Properties Company, Inc.
Location: Kenosha, WI
Completed: 2012
FEI Services: Investigation Condition Assessment

Continental Properties Company, Inc. was in need of rapid roofing and building envelope assessment for their client, Bed Bath and Beyond, during the acquisition and proposed development of a former Target Corporation store in Kenosha, WI.

In addition to the rapid turnaround of the required assessment report, FEI's report utilized previous experience with multiple Target facilities in the Midwest to focus on known construction materials and techniques common to these structures. This was a further benefit afforded to our client.

  • Bed Bath & Beyond Roof Assessment
  • Bed Bath & Beyond Roof Assessment
  • Bed Bath & Beyond Roof Assessment

Walls

Wilderness Resort Cladding Consultation

Client: Architectural Design
Location: Wisconsin Dells, WI
Completed: 2013
Cost: $3,000.00
FEI Services: Investigation
Contractor: Stevens Construction Corp. Consultants, Inc.

Wilderness Hotel Resort, Inc. proposed that reviewing these buildings from the exterior vantage provided them a leg-up on maintaining their building assets. The architect couldn't agree more. FEI was retained to conduct a visual inspection of facade treatments and to report back our findings so that the installing-contractor could provide long-term assistance. This was in the forms of immediate care and forecast maintenance. This property is truly a focal point of the Wisconsin Dells region. Its stellar condition is a testament to Wilderness Hotel Resort commitment to aesthetics and upkeep and to the contractor's quality of installation.

  • Wilderness Resort Cladding Consultation
  • Wilderness Resort Cladding Consultation
  • Wilderness Resort Cladding Consultation

514 Division Street Envelope Assessment

Client: Schoep’s Ice Cream Company, Inc.
Location: Madison, WI
Completed: July 2010
FEI Services: Investigation 
Contractor: Cubic Wall Systems, Inc.

In the history of Schoep’s original building inventory rests numerous endeavors aimed at perpetuating the functionality of these structures, both internally and externally. Over-cladding was one example of these endeavors; exterior insulation and finish system (EIFS) cladding covered an aging insulated-panel assembly. The result was an embellished insulated wall containing an inadvertent vapor barrier. The science of the wall section was reclassified.

In a similar vein, the roofing system alterations over time affected the performance of not only the roof but the walls, too. For the freezers, the effects were dramatic. What FEI found was a building shell slowly transforming into an igloo.

Schoep’s seized the moment to update roofing and cladding and to proceed with the replacement of one structure which they had been planning. Crisis averted. Down-time was minimal since another newer facility of Schoep’s was on-line. Schoep’s remains a staple in Madison, continuing to foster good will and good food.

  • 514 Division Street Envelope Assessment
  • 514 Division Street Envelope Assessment
  • 514 Division Street Envelope Assessment

Stoughton High School Wall Repair

Client: Stoughton Area School District 
Location: Stoughton, WI 
Completed: 2012
Cost: $20,224.00
FEI Services: Analysis, Design, and Construction Administration 

Contractor: Zander Insulation, Inc.

Stoughton Area School District maintenance planning observed declining conditions surrounding the pre-cast concrete walls surrounding the high school field house. A study by FEI ensued. FEI determined cracking inherent to fabrication, exacerbated by our climate’s influence, produced irreversible effects. This rendered the wall panels subject to ultimate failure should action be postponed.

FEI designed a clad-over system consisting of exterior insulation and finish (EIFS). EIFS adds energy-efficiency and aesthetics while preserving the core structure.

FEI provided design and construction administration services.

  • Stoughton High School Wall Repair
  • Stoughton High School Wall Repair
  • Stoughton High School Wall Repair

Waterproofing

Hilton Garden Inn Moisture Assessment

Client: Architectural Design Consultants, Inc.
Location: Choctaw, MS
Completed: 2008
FEI Services: Investigation, Analysis, and Design
Consultant: Stevens Construction Corp.

Northern construction techniques normally do not work in Southern climates. Such is the case at this hotel whose new construction suffered from errant organic manifestation and poor air quality.
FEI performed investigations with the help of the consultant. Together, maladies were identified and remediation strategies were explored. Everyone new hurricane season would present hardships for construction schedules, due to the presence of more moisture not to mention tenants.
In the end, a clean building was turned over to the owner. Punch lists resumed and were satisfied, and from inside to outside, the new kid on the block smelled and looked like a rose.

  • Hilton Garden Inn Moisture Assessment
  • Hilton Garden Inn Moisture Assessment
  • Hilton Garden Inn Moisture Assessment

Surgical Corridor Leak Investigation

Client: Maas Bothers Construction, Inc.
Location: Watertown Memorial Hospital, Watertown, WI
Completed: 2013
FEI Services: Investigation

FEI was retained by Maas Brothers construction to evaluate and diagnosis persistent cold-weather leakage at a recently completed surgical corridor. This corridor, located within the new surgery addition at Watertown Regional Medical Center, is a medically clean environment and could not be contaminated by construction activities or leakage from the exterior.
Using extensive WUFI hygrothermal analysis, field investigation, and original design review, FEI designed a repair solution that alleviated the leak condition while allowing uninterrupted use of the facility.

  • Surgical Corridor Leak Investigation
  • Surgical Corridor Leak Investigation
  • Surgical Corridor Leak Investigation

Cherokee Roof & Attic Expert Witness

Client: Cherokee II Condo Home Association
Location: Madison, WI
Completed: 2012
FEI Services: Expert Witness

The Cherokee II Condominium Homes Association experienced multiple severe incidents of ice dam-related damage throughout all of their twelve buildings. In many units, damage affected both second and first floor units due to moisture migration. FEI analyzed the existing conditions to identify construction deficiencies. These resulted in increased propensity for ice damming. Ultimately, FEI designed a repair solution. FEI provided bidding support, construction administration, and quality assurance for the Owner
  • Cherokee Roof & Attic Expert Witness
  • Cherokee Roof & Attic Expert Witness
  • Cherokee Roof & Attic Expert Witness

Hardscapes

District Pavement Assessment

Client: Highland School District
Location: Highland, WI
Completed: 2013
Cost: $11,551.25
FEI Services: Investigation, Analysis & Design 
Contractor: CGC, Inc.

FEI conducted analysis and assessment of existing (asphalt and concrete) pavements, curb and gutter, and related site drainage issues, with particular attention paid to the drive lane in front of the school. Inspection included observation, soil boring and SPT boring. FEI compiled findings into a formal report detailing the Project Scope, Executive Summary, Observations, and Recommendations.
  • District Pavement Assessment
  • District Pavement Assessment
  • District Pavement Assessment

District Pavement Repairs 2012

Client: School District of Monroe
Location: Monroe, WI
Completed: 2012
Cost: $5,750.00
FEI Services: Analysis, Design, and Construction Administration
Contractor: Poblocki Paving Corporation

FEI provided RFP composition and minimal construction administration, including observation, for scheduled asphalt pavement repairs at Abraham Lincoln, Northside, and Parkside Elementary Schools. This consisted of bituminous (parking lot) rehabilitation and associated landscape restoration.

  • District Pavement Repairs 2012
  • District Pavement Repairs 2012
  • District Pavement Repairs 2012

Truax West Lot Rehabilitation

Client: Madison College
Location: Madison, WI
Completed: 2011
Cost: $22,052.30
FEI Services: Analysis, Design, Construction Administration
Contractor: Tri-County Paving, Inc., Sunbird, Inc.

Madison College is a ... Their Campus at Madison, also known as Truax, is the primary site for academic, athletic, and civic congregation. As such, the parking and related roadways amount to __ square yards of asphaltic concrete pavement.
FEI determined the necessity of rehabilitation and outlined all requirements for the work, including labor, materials, and equipment necessary to replace selected pavement areas, with alternate bids requested for A.) additional asphalt pavement replacement; B.) selected concrete curb/gutter replacement; and C.) localized landscape repairs.

FEI provided development of pavement system and landscape design, bidding / construction documents, bidding support services, and construction administration. Finally, FEI observed the work at intervals necessary to assure consistent quality along with conformance. Ongoing inspections are performed by FEI at intervals aimed at prescribing appropriate maintenance in efforts to avoid major repair/replacement.

  • Truax West Lot Rehabilitation
  • Truax West Lot Rehabilitation

Historical

St. Bernard’s Catholic Church

Client: St. Bernard’s Catholic Church
Location: Watertown, WI
Completed: 2012
FEI Service: Design, and Construction Administration
Langer Roofing and Sheet Metal, Inc.

St. Bernard’s Catholic Parish in Watertown, WI needed to replace their roof and repair their spire.  They retained FEI to complete an initial assessment of the church roof, spire, and related masonry. There was much disrepair; in some cases, the needs were dire.

The information and recommendations obtained were used to support a capitol fund raising campaign and was successful in raising over $1.5 M in funds.  Working with the parish, FEI developed a restoration / rehabilitation design implementing historically accurate materials and techniques while meeting their aesthetic and performance directives.

FEI provided construction administration and quality assurance services during construction.  Located at the main intersection of Watertown, WI, the work site was very confined and utilized scaffolding in excess of 210 feet in height. The work restored or otherwise rehabilitated all surfaces of the spire and the church roof, including masonry and (original) historic decorative metals.

  • St. Bernard’s Catholic Church
  • St. Bernard’s Catholic Church

The Edgewater Hotel Redevelopment

Client: Elkus-Manfredi Architects 
Location: Madison, WI
Completed: On-going 
FEI Services: Analysis, Design, and Construction Administration

Contractor: J.H. Findorff and Son, Inc., Zander Solutions

FEI continues to provide building envelope commissioning, design development, construction administration, and quality assurance observation for the restoration of the historic Edgewater Hotel in Madison, WI. Areas of focus include waterproofing of the blind-side systems at elevator shafts, foundations, plazas, terraces, and useable roof spaces.
  • The Edgewater Hotel Redevelopment
  • The Edgewater Hotel Redevelopment
  • The Edgewater Hotel Redevelopment

Garver Mill Assessment

Client: City of Madison
Location: Madison, WI
Completed: June, 2013
FEI Services: Investigation and Historical Restoration
Consultants: Charles Quagliana, AIA Kurt J. Straus, PE

Facility Engineering, Inc. was retained by the City of Madison in the fall of 2012 to develop an analysis of conditions for the Garver Feed Mill, a historic structure located within the Olbrich Botanical Gardens. FEI investigated and reported on the masonry and structural system distress of Garver Feed Mill. The primary focus of this study was undertaking of a condition assessment followed by a stabilization and repair strategy, encompassing all of the major building elements. The study consisted of on-site observations, field and laboratory testing, and analysis in order to provide an accurate assessment of existing conditions and to determine the mode(s) of failure for the masonry and structural systems.The resulting report was used to aid the City and Olbrich Botanical Gardens in the decision-making process to determine the most cost effective repairs to stabilize the building and allow for a possible contemporary new use.

  • Garver Mill Assessment
  • Garver Mill Assessment
  • Garver Mill Assessment