Having completed work in over 120 Academic Facilities throughout Connecticut in over four decades, LaRosa Building Group is the Contractor of choice for Academic and Institutional Projects.
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Special care and expertise must be applied to the rehabilitation of historic structures when encountering antiquated and potentially hazardous building materials and bringing the structure up to current building standards without compromising its integrity. LaRosa has successfully completed projects where either the building was listed on State and/or National Historic Registers, or the project was within a historic district.
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LBG was contacted to restore this condemned property in 2013. Our first job was to determine how we could make most of the building safely accessible to allow the design team to make further inspections and measurements.
Another issue that became apparent once actual demolition commenced was that significant sections of the courtyard masonry walls had been degraded by rain and ice washing out mortar joints. We determined that the existing interior structure could be completely demolished and replaced with 100% new framing for a fraction of the cost of cutting and patching section by section.
The single largest historic issues were the replacement of the 200 windows, and the very specific construction details need to be approved by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) which had provided one of the grants for the project.
In addition to retaining a classic piece of Waterbury’s historic past, and satisfying the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), this project’s design also met the stringent energy efficiency requirements set forth by the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA).
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