Walsh Manor is a 12 story, senior housing apartment building with a 13th floor penthouse and was built in 1965. The structure consists of cast in place concrete with brick veneer applied to the exterior walls. The building was significantly remodeled in 1994 at which time the existing exterior sheathing and finish walls (EIFS) and windows were installed at varying heights on all four elevations.
Since the remodel, performed by other, several conditions caused the wall system to fail. Woodpeckers penetrated multiple holes in all sides of the building. Over time, water flowed into the cavities, deteriorated gypsum board and caused mold to form due to lack of ventilation. The rain screens did not function properly and as a result water entered the building around the windows and the thermal seals failed. Additionally, wind dislodged large sections of the sheathing.
Milender White worked closely with the Denver Housing Authority and our design-build partner, SBSA, to execute the design, implementation and all general contracting services for the removal and replacement of 6,000 sq. ft. of EIFS and 63 low-e windows. The scope of work also included removal of the West Barrel Vault obstructing the western view from the penthouse and installation of single ply membrane roofing and sheet metal coping at the demolished Barrel Vault.
The 88 senior-living apartments remained fully occupied during the restoration.