American Tobacco Campus – Washington and Fowler

Durham, North Carolina

Washington (ca. 1902) and Fowler Buildings (1938) are part of the American Tobacco Campus in Durham, North Carolina that used to be part of the American Tobacco Company Manufacturing Plant. The two historic, industrial buildings along with five neighboring buildings were partially developed into a mixed-use campus and are currently occupied.

Beginning in the summer of 2015, Raymond Engineering performed a comprehensive exterior envelope evaluation of both buildings and made repair recommendations for the restoration of the original windows and brick masonry. In November of 2015, mock-up repair specifications were developed by Raymond Engineering that met National Park Service preservation standards for window and masonry repairs. In December of 2015, mock-up repairs were supervised by Raymond Engineering.

The multi-year phased restoration project began in the spring of 2016 and included repairs to the original steel windows, window replacement, brick masonry repointing, brick masonry reconstruction and waterproofing of below grade masonry walls. Both buildings remained occupied throughout the duration of the project and required a high level of coordination between Raymond Engineering and the contractor to ensure satisfaction of the Owner and tenants.

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