Drexel University Façade Studies
Drexel University's Philadelphia campus is home to a variety of building types from several distinct eras, ranging from the 19th century to the present. The University engaged Mills + Schnoering Architects to study various façade treatments for six brick-faced, mid-twentieth century buildings to address aesthetic concerns with the color of the masonry. In order to understand possible alternatives to either the material or color, the firm worked with the University to investigate, document, and report on options for renovations.
As part of the project, M+Sa examined existing plan and façade drawings of the subject buildings and reviewed general layout of facade elements; visited each of the buildings to review and record façade conditions; organized photos of each of the buildings and provided a narrative of conditions, noting specific features that might affect new façade treatments; reviewed several possible material and coating systems, comparing manufacturer's cost data as well as specific conditions that could affect installation, maintenance, and long-term sustainability; and compiled a final report making recommendations for treatment.