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Restoring the Future: Towards a More Efficient Terra Cotta Facade System

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Professional Circle Talk
Restoring the Future: Towards a More Efficient Terra Cotta Facade System

October 27, 2022
9:00 – 10:00 am

Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates
1350 Broadway, Suite 910


The New York Landmarks Conservancy is very pleased to offer its Professional Circle members an exclusive illustrated talk with Wiss, Janey, Elstner Associates principal Matthew Haberling and associate principal Kyle Normandin on the firm’s ongoing research of a more efficient historic terra cotta system

Numerous challenges currently face the terra cotta industry in facade restoration projects. One of the major challenges is the incorporation of alternative materials as a replacement for architectural terra cotta. The use of alternative materials has become more prevalent in the industry within the last 15 years, due to the ability of the manufacturing process for alternative materials to support compressed construction schedules.

Alternative materials generally are cost competitive with architectural terra cotta and thus forcing difficult decisions with regard to schedule, cost and authenticity.

The WJE team is exploring options for panelizing and unitizing a terra cotta system that replicates character-definin historic facade components. We are exploring three facets of the architectural terra cotta systems which will include pushing the material limits of terra cotta, evaluating alternate efficient anchorage methods, and exploring composite assemblies combining a terra cotta facing with a lighter weight backup material.

Space is limited, so please register early. We will maintain a waiting list of everyone else interested in participating and accommodate you as reservations change.

Please note: you must be enrolled in our Professional Circle to attend.
Contact Carla Elio at carlaeilo@nylandmarks.org or 212-995-5260, with any questions.

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