In this episode of Design Vault, Doug speaks with Christa Waring, AIA, LEED-AP, CPHD, Principal at CTA Architects in New York, New York.

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650 Park Avenue is located in the Upper East Side Historic District, built in 1963 and designed by Emery Roth and Sons Architects. It’s a 21 story apartment building with a white glazed brick facade and setbacks above the 16th floor. The base of the building maintains the building line of Park Avenue.

Recent facade examinations revealed a deficiency in the wall tie system that connects the face masonry to the backup concrete block masonry. CTA designed a program of facade repairs that include face masonry pinning in addition to the restoration of all shelf angles across the facades.

The original construction features have finished glazed edge over all the window lintels, which has an impressive impact on the aesthetic of the building. Thus, the project entails an extensive masonry rebuild where matching the existing brick is of paramount importance.

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