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Educational Rennovations and Restoration

Dirk DeVault, RA was commissioned to correct problems with water intrusion into the lower level of an existing 1924 school building. The scope of work included repair or replacement of the existing wood double hung windows and existing steel windows as well doors and frames, replacement of a stone retaining wall outside of the kitchen loading area, and replacement of the existing front entry (which had long since been removed and made into a loading dock).

The Maryland Historic Trust was consulted due to the age of the existing building. It was determined that the original wood double hung windows would be repaired white the steel windows (in the 1934 addition to the rear) would be replaced with new aluminum windows utilizing insulated glass that replicated the look of the old steel windows. All lead paint was removed or encapsulated and the wood window frames, weight pockets and sash were restored. A new wood storm unit (with screen) was installed on all wood windows (upper and lower levels). The lower level was excavated and a new concrete wall poured against the existing stone. A new waterproofing membrane was installed to protect the lower level from water intrusion. A new perimeter drain was also installed. New replacement stair wing walls were constructed where the originals once stood. The entry was returned to its original configuration with the addition of new lighting. This project was a State of Maryland project meeting IAC/PSCP design requirements.

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