Two Chicago-Area Libraries Complete Projects with BTC
Glen Ellyn Public Library, a 3-story steel and wood frame building constructed in 1995, was experiencing water infiltration through its facade and windows, and significant ice-damming at its roof eaves. To solve these problems, BTC was retained to provide evaluation, repair design, bidding assistance, and construction phase services.
BTC performed a visual evaluation at the roof and exterior walls, made exploratory openings, and performed water testing at locations of known leaks. Based on its evaluation and by working closely with the library's director and management team, BTC designed repairs and a repair schedule sensitive to the library's hours of operation and building occupants that included the following elements:
Replacement of the Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) cladding with a new drainable stucco system;
Comprehensive masonry repairs;
Steep-slope roof replacement; and
Air barrier repairs and installation of additional insulation at attic.
Because of its extensive experience and expertise, BTC was able to increase the benefits derived from the repairs. Specifically, for the Glen Ellyn Public Library project, provisions to increase attic ventilation and limit building heat loss through the top floor ceiling penetrations were incorporated into the design to help reduce energy costs.
For the Winnetka Public Library, BTC recently completed a long-term capital asset plan that included an overall evaluation of key building components and development of a long-term plan. The long-term plan is of particular value as it will allow the library's Board of Trustees to effectively budget capital building expenditures over the next 20 years. BTC was selected for the project because of the depth and breadth of its knowledge to provide a building system view of the many complex inter-related building components and for the firm's experience generating meaningful capital asset plans for its clients.
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