Boston, MA
100 Pier 4 Tower is a twenty-one-story high-rise tower of over 1 million square feet in the historic Boston Seaport.  The glass and steel building offers 369 luxury apartments, a hotel, 10,000 square feet of retail space, 20,000 square feet for civic use as well as below-grade parking.BSC worked with the design team through the Design Development and Contract Document stages to mitigate the risk of moisture related failures in the building enclosure and to meet the project’s energy goals.  BSC performed detailed design reviews, assessing plans and details in terms of risk, durability,...
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Los Angeles, CA
1000 Grand is a seven-story mixed use building designed by TCA Architects with 275 rental units and 12,000 square feet of retail at the southeast corner of Olympic and Grand Streets in Downtown Los Angeles’ South Park neighborhood.Over the course of work on 1000 Grand as well as previous projects in multiple climate zones with the same developer, Hanover, Building Science Corporation has established specific design standards so that the developer has a consistent strategy for mitigating the risk of moisture related failures of the building enclosure across multiple projects with different...
Detroit, MI
BSC was retained as part of an “Integrated Team” to investigate water intrusion and condensation concerns of an air traffic control tower and associated base building in Detroit, MI. The tower was investigated to examine signs of liquid rain water intrusion through the enclosure elements as well as locations of condensation accumulation within the exterior enclosure elements.
Various Locations
Beginning in 2010 and continuing through the end of 2015, BSC was retained to assess multiple airport facilities located throughout the country. The assessed facilities typically included an air traffic control tower and its associated base building. While many of the control towers and base buildings had active enclosure problems, the overall goal of the assessments was to provide an overall facility review concentrating on water leakage, condensation, and durability issues. Any active enclosure problems were investigated as part of the assessment. While on site, building construction...
Barrington, NH
The Barrington Town Hall is a former school building, of mass masonry construction, with portions constructed between 1930 and 1960.  The town had a goal of reducing energy consumption and addressing existing IAQ issues occurring due to bulk water penetration at the exterior walls.  BSC conducted a site visit and evaluation of the building, and made recommendations for directions to take in a capital renovation project.  Although the town originally was considering an interior masonry wall insulation retrofit, a strong case was made for an exterior insulation overclad, due to advantages which...
Worcester, MA
This 106,000 square foot 4-1/2 story historic brick masonry building was built around 1890 as a mill owned by the W.H. Hill Envelope Co.  It has been partially vacant for several years and is now being rehabilitated as 64 energy efficient apartment units.  BSC is providing building enclosure and air barrier/compartmentalization consulting for the project.  Noting that there was some evidence of freeze-thaw brick damage, BSC provided construction details that will minimize water penetration at the roof edge, windows, and proposed canopy attachment.  BSC developed a strategy for air sealing at...
Boston, MA
Castle Square Apartments is a 500 unit affordable housing complex located in Boston’s South End.  The complex consists of both mid-rise (7 story) and low-rise (2-4 story) buildings built in the 1960's with exposed concrete frame and brick-veneered concrete block infill.  BSC was the building enclosure consultant for an energy retrofit project for the complex.  The retrofit aimed to bring thermal, water management, indoor air quality, and occupant comfort improvements.  Following on-site investigations, air infiltration testing, and energy modeling, BSC prepared a report assessing the existing...
Coastal Massachusetts
BSC investigated a house under construction in a coastal Massachusetts location; although dry-in and cladding had been completed, rainstorms consistently resulted in water leakage to the interior, with visible pooling on the floor. BSC was asked to determine the source of these water issues, and provide recommendations for addressing this leakage before building interior completion. BSC systematically examined leakage patterns, using infrared thermography and wood moisture content measurements. The areas below window sills (especially at corners) had moisture measurements higher than the...
Concord, MA
Designed to fit both the aesthetic of the existing neighborhood and the desires of the homeowners, the Concord Cape combines a traditional façade with high performance building systems. The 4,300 square foot plan has five bedrooms, four full baths, mudroom and an open kitchen, breakfast area, living room space. The conditioned basement provides additional square footage and also houses a two-zone mechanical system. Four inches of rigid insulation on the walls, cavity insulation in the stud bays, high performance triple-glazed windows, a conditioned basement and insulated vented roof all...
Concord, MA
Built in 1916, the 1,500 square foot Concord Four Square retrofit features an upgraded mechanical system as well as a super-insulated and airtight enclosure. Closed cell spray foam insulation installed to the interior of the foundation wall and the underside of the roof deck increases the home’s airtightness while providing a component of the high performance thermal enclosure. Cavity insulation, rigid foam insulation on the walls, roof and under the new basement slab and high performance windows complete the thermal enclosure. Water management details developed for the windows, now set into...

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