The Ohio State University Blackwell Inn Restoration
Members of our team performed two phases of restoration to the Blackwell Inn and Conference Center on OSU’s campus. What began as a roofing/coping study because an emergency situation to deal with issues in the brick veneer on the west façade. The initial work included a comprehensive roof study for low slope and steep roofs over the 9-story brick hotel. During the initial study, a section of the brick veneer, on the third floor, of the west side of the building partially separated from the wall and tilted outward. The team developed an assessment of the conditions, found the sources of the problems, and developed a priority-based approach to façade restoration.
The North façade of the Blackwell Inn was the second phase of this project which included a complete removal and replacement of the brick on the lower three levels of the building in order to install new ledge angles, lintels, veneer anchors, weather-resistive barrier, flashing and weeps. The team developed an assessment of the conditions, found the sources of the problems, and developed a priority-based approach to façade restoration. The repair documents included drawings of building elevation repair areas, wall sections, details, and material specifications.