Chezcore, Inc. was awarded the project to restore the exterior facade of a prominent Wayne State University high-rise.
This building, know as The Maccabees Building, is an Albert Kahn design built in 1927.
Moisture infiltration is blamed for the extensive
rusting of the original steel anchoring and support system. Due
to pressure from the rusting steel, many of the veneer stones had
spalled, cracked, and heaved. Some anchors had completely rusted
through, loosing their structural integrity, leaving many veneer
stones pushed out from the back-up walls, creating an eminent danger.
Over 1000 stones were removed to expose the deteriorated anchor system.
The rusted steel support system was removed, sandblasted
clean, and two coats of epoxy rust inhibitor paint were applied.
If the support steel had lost its structural integrity, it was replaced
with new. New stainless steel anchors were used to secure the stones.
The original stone units were reset. Some new
stones were required and were fabricated, matching the original
size and dimension.
Miscellaneous tuck pointing, caulking, flashing, and stone Dutchman repairs were also performed. The project was completed on time and within budget, much to the owner’s satisfaction.