Building Envelope Services

Building Envelope Services is the group of services that encompasses the shell or envelope of your building. This includes things like the roof, windows, and exterior walls. Your building’s envelope protects the people and contents inside of your structure. Ensure your envelope is functioning by contacting The Adkins Association Inc.

Building Envelope Projects

Clients (Roofing, Walls, Windows, Infiltration)

  • State Colleges & Universities
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Office Buildings
  • Mission Critical and Telecom
  • Churches
  • High Rises
  • Nursing Homes
  • Schools
  • Community Centers
  • Process and Manufacturing Facilities

University of Minnesota

  • Window Replacements
  • Roof Replacements
  • Masonry Remediation/Restoration
  • Infiltration
  • Curtain Wall Repair

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

  • Window Replacements
  • Masonry Remediation/Restoration

United States Postal Service

  • Window Replacements
  • Roof Replacements
  • Masonry Remediation/Restoration
  • Parking Lot Replacements
  • Fire Alarm System Upgrades
  • Fire Main System Upgrades
  • Building Condition Assessments
  • Switchgear Upgrades
  • Facility Rebuilds from Civil Unrest

State of Minnesota

  • Centennial Office Building Window Replacement
  • Minnesota State Academy for The Blind - Activities Building Windows Replacement and Tuck Point
  • Minnesota State Academy for The Deaf - Lauritsen Gymnasium Window and Roof Replacement
  • Minnesota Veterans Home - Hastings Building 23 Window Replacement
  • Minnesota Veterans Home - Hastings Building 25 Window Replacement
  • Veterans Service Building Window Replacement

Saint Paul Public Schools

  • Cleveland Middle High School Window Replacements
  • Hayden Heights Elementary School Window Replacement
  • Hazel Park Preparatory Academy Brick/ Waterproofing Replacement & Interior Alterations
  • Highland Elementary School Window Replacement
  • Linwood Elementary School Elevator Addition
  • Monroe Achievement Plus Addition
  • Phalen Lake Elementary School Window Replacement
  • Rondo Education Center Water Infiltration Repairs and Window Replacement

Project Profile

Envelope and Systems Repair Northwestern Bell Tower Minneapolis

Services Provided: Forensic reports, investigative survey reports, destructive testing, site staging and phasing, demolition and deconstruction masonry restoration, HVAC design, programming, process plans implementation, and bid format construction drawings. Special systems design, full-time observation, mission critical precautions and emergency response.

The Challenge: Cooling capacity was diminishing, and inefficient equipment allowed moisture to penetrate stonework causing cracking and spalling of limestone. The age of the materials and mortar warrant masonry and curtain wall restoration and repair. Further investigation revealed deficient structure and rust at the abandoned microwave crown. All equipment and work occurred on a roof system that was at the end of its useful life.

The Solution: Create a several year plan phasing construction, equipment replacement, restoration, and roof systems in a prioritized and organized plan to prevent damage to new equipment and roofs. Cooling capacity was prioritized and replaced with new components coordinating complex roofing operations. Then masonry restoration and wall repair occurred over remaining levels and roofing was completed post construction. Finally, the crown structure was removed requiring new enclosure and restoration to near original building design allowing the final stage of uppermost roof to be replaced.


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