Deteriorated Brick and Caulking of the Crutchfield Building

Concrete and EIFs Repair


Harsh New Hampshire Weather Caused Voids to the Exterior

While the Crutchfield building has only been used for housing less than a decade, the building had been around for many years prior. Though the building withstood New Hampshire’s harsh weather for many seasons, it eventually developed wear-and-tear that needed to be addressed.

The weathering created voids (openings in the building), which critically impaired the building’s integrity. If water were to enter these voids and freeze, it could cause significant damage to the structure.

To fix the problem, Hascall & Hall was asked to repair and renew some of the masonry work, re-caulk the joints, and repair the exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS) in order to close the openings of the building and make sure it was prepared to take on more of New Hampshire’s harsh weather.

About the Crutchfield Building

In 1961, Concord Housing and Redevelopment had the goal of providing decent, safe and affordable housing through federally funded programs. Once the logistics were enacted, it began developing housing units throughout Concord, New Hampshire in order to achieve its mission.

In 2012, located at 15 Pitman Street, the Crutchfield building opened. It was a seven-story high rise with two elevators and 105 studio units designated for elderly and/or disabled households with special funding through the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority.

This building strongly impacted the City of Concord and its need for low income housing. In return, it gave Concord Housing and Redevelopment the ability to grow and expand its mission throughout New Hampshire.

Along with the Crutchfield building, Concord Housing and Redevelopment controls a handful of properties throughout New Hampshire, all aimed toward providing decent, safe and affordable housing for families in the community.

Remove and Replace Deteriorated Brick

Hascall & Hall began this job by removing and replacing the brick throughout the entire building. Removing the brick was necessary based on the amount of deterioration present at the time. Damaged brick can not only take away from the building aesthetically but also structurally.
Deteriorated brick can leave openings in the building (voids) allowing weather to intrude and cause further damage. If these openings are not caught in time, they can spread from one spot to the entire building leaving a weaker framework – they can sometimes even intrude into the interior.

Re-Caulking and Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) Repair Work

Moreover, some areas of the building were deteriorating with cracks in the caulking, which could result in water and debris seeping into the cracks. This is crucial to catch in a timely manner because of the damage freeze thaw can cause with New Hampshire’s harsh environment. When water or debris gets into the unsealed caulking areas it can cause movement in those certain areas – shifting the building’s facade and creating larger cracks. Hascall & Hall was brought into re-caulk the deteriorated portions of the building and seal those specific areas to revamp the look.

Lastly, EIFS repair work needed to be done in order to seal the exterior from New Hampshire’s rough climate. The existing EIFS was cracking from top to bottom. A full wash of the building was done to make sure the existing EIFS was primed and ready for the new coating. Once the new coating was applied, Hascall & Hall cleaned the surrounding areas to make sure everything was in the best condition for the new EIFS to hold.

Hascall & Hall would like to thank Concord Housing and Redevelopment for the opportunity to work on the Crutchfield building. Once complete, the Crutchfield Building looked brand new and was ready to withstand the New Hampshire elements! Hascall & Hall hopes this building will continue to safely house families for decades to come.

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Location: New Hampshire