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Spotlight on Berglund’s Work: Restoration
Wilson Hall, Fermilab
Fermilab’s founding director, Robert Wilson, believed that beauty and science went hand in hand. A renowned physicist as well as an artist and sculptor, Wilson wanted visitors to the national laboratory’s Batavia, Ill., campus to marvel at its design, along with the scientific breakthroughs happening there.
Fermilab’s administrative building, built in 1972 and named after Wilson, honored its namesake’s vision. The building features distinctive symmetrical towers that curve and sweep gracefully into the air. By the late 1990s, though, the beautiful structure needed some work. Temperature shifts over the years had caused the buildings, which are tied together by post-tensioned concrete beams at the seventh through 16th floors, to move more than the original design had anticipated. As a result, the structure’s beams were deteriorating, the exterior was chipping, the entrance plaza was cracking and the waterproofing system was failing.
The laboratory hired Berglund to restore Wilson Hall, and Berglund spent 15 months returning the building to its former glory. We repaired the crossover beams and the exterior, installed a waterproofing membrane on the balconies, and sealed the façade. Berglund performed all work at night to minimize disruptions to Fermilab, and the lab used a webcam to broadcast the renovation’s progress on its website. After completing work in 2001, we took home the 2002 Award of Excellence from the International Concrete Repair Institute. The restoration also was one of the featured government projects in Midwest Construction Review’s 2003 Illinois Showcase.