|Size||230,000 SF (21,368 SM)|
|Location||Norristown, PA, US|
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A busy government and court complex at One Montgomery Plaza in Norristown, PA required an urgent facelift. The existing masonry walls were failing, causing bricks to fall from the building. Initial plans to reskin the building with a curtain wall window system solved the aesthetic and speed requirements but not the owner’s budget constraints. NORR’s alternate design reskins the building with cost-efficient metal panel and greatly reduces the amount of curtain wall. The window proportions were revised, creating an affordable, beautified facade that maintains much of the building’s previous design.
The design approach allowed for five phases of construction broken into vertical sections of the facade which allowed the building to remain functional and occupied through construction. The new facade was designed as stick built back up system, but through bidding was evaluated and is being erected as a panelized facade system. The design incorporates a complete exterior entrance plaza and reskin, along with roof repairs and a new security room in the parking garage level. Inside, NORR created a swing space and made interior design upgrades to allow county departments and courts to remain in operation.
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