Project Title: Pfendler Hall Timber Roof Frame Assessment & Repair
Project ID: 9795
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Client: Office of the University Architect - Campus Planning
Scope: Assess splits in roof timbers, truss bearing locations, and past fire damamge for determining necessary structural repairs. Repair split timber roof framing, reinforce or modify truss bearing locations, and repair as necessary from past fire damage.
Project Info: This is a Repair and Rehabilitation project.
Note: Pfendler Hall's roof framing is very old and many of the large beams which are up to 8" x 16" have cracks which are a part of the normal aging process. In some cases they are wide enough and deep enough to possibly compromise the strength of the member. A few were not installed correctly the hundred or so years ago that the building was built. There also are some rafters which sustained fire damage sometime in the past.
The result of all this is a small but detectable sag in the roof line. We are adding support beams and columns to stop all settling and filling the cracks with injection placed epoxy to make them whole again in their structural capacity. The intention is to make the building so that it can last indefinitely with continued maintenance. None of the repairs will be visible from the exterior or usable space of the building. The work is all in the attic. It is also an example of using 21st century materials and methods to preserve 19th century structures.
It is an example of Purdue University's commitment to the cultural heritage of its historic physical facilities.
Construction Start: March 15, 2010
Construction Finish: June 12, 2010
Project Manager: Tom Walgamuth
Job Order Contractor: OCM
Location: State St. and S. University St.