Located on Northwestern Memorial Hospital's downtown Chicago campus, the Arkes Family Pavilion provides a range of clinical services for patients. The 25-story building's facade is constructed of pre-cast concrete panels with windows throughout. Our work scope for this project included routing and sealing the concrete facade cracks, repairing concrete spalls and applying a sealer to the precast concrete panels. We also sealed the glazing gasket at all windows throughout the entire facade.
Our tuck pointers self-performed the entire work scope. We divided the building into 22 drops and used as many as seven swing stages at a time to access the work areas. We installed an overhead canopy system around the entire building for public protection, including a high drive canopy system in an adjacent alleyway that allowed trucks to continue driving through while the work occurred above.
The project was complete with minimal disruptions to the building's ongoing operations. Commercial tenants on the first floor — including several restaurants — were able to remain open for business while we repaired the facade. The clear, high-performance water repellent sealer that we installed continues to protect the building from damage caused by wind-driven rain.