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Discreet repairs and enhancements for masonry structures.
The National WWII Museum
Expanding the Official National WWII Museum of the United States
Location: New Orleans, LA
Age/Built: Built 1845, 1890
Key Topics: Stabilization of Historic Structures,Adaptive Re-Use,Testing and Analysis, Gruenstark (GS) Anchors

Project Background:

  • Founded in 2000 as the National D-Day Museum by Band of Brothers author Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Designated by congress as the official WWII museum of the United States in 2003
  • In 2007, museum operators launched an aggressive expansion program for the campus, including the incorporation of neighboring buildings over 150 years old

Challenges Presented:

  • Any repair program that took place needed to allow for normal museum operations to continue and this historic building’s appearance to be left unchanged
  • The structures required additional stability and resilience in order to accommodate the bold new plans for them, which included a dining room, offices, theatre and entertainment wing
  • Previous repairs, including those removing their original wood pillars, left the masonry in disrepair

Services and Solutions:

  • The 3 wythe masonry walls comprising the buildings were in poor condition, requiring cautious intervention while simultaneously adhering to the project schedule
  • Masonry Solutions started by carefully following a protocol of dry coring intended to avoid excess disruption to the historic masonry
  • This protocol called for medium-mesh Gruenstark (GS) anchors to be installed in critical strengthening areas, including the void encompassing 3-wythe masonry walls.
  • Concealed GS two-piece anchors were manufactured and installed by MSI in order to leave the appearance of these buildings virtually unchanged
  • The anchors were bonded to the surrounding masonry using a heritage CIF mix engineered by Masonry Solutions’ laboratory techs to perform in a sympathetic manner within the host structure while simultaneously solidifying masonry voids and minimizing shrinkage
  • MSI technicians injected the façades of the deteriorated buildings using a low pressure CIF injection
  • MSI techs were extremely careful to leave the historic buildings as they found them so that patrons could enjoy their original aesthetics
  • Today these buildings still house the dining and entertainment wings of the National WWII Museum, including the Solomon Victory Theater