Buffalo Public Schools Exterior Envelope Investigation


Buffalo, NY


Buffalo Public Schools Division of Plant Services and School Planning


Architecture Laser Scanning



Water infiltration causing damage to finishes was an ongoing problem at School #195 City Honors at Fosdick Masten. Listed as one of the City of Buffalo’s local landmarks and on the National Register of Historic Places, NKB was contracted to provide a field conditions assessment report of the exterior building envelope to assess these issues.

NKB and its highly skilled team provided a comprehensive survey of conditions on all elevation and roofing systems, presented recommendations, phasing options, and an itemized cost estimate for repairs. NKB’s Infrared and visual Drone Image Capture, 3D Laser Scan (LiDAR), Hand-Held Digital Infrared Thermography helped highlight deteriorated brick, terra-cotta, and mortar, missing or damaged terra-cotta and slate roof tiles, copings, ridge caps, and copper cornices, soffits, and fascia.

All brick, slate, and terra-cotta roof and wall pieces were cataloged and prioritized by their need for immediate or eventual repair, replacement, or cleaning to achieve and maintain a watertight building envelope.

Project Tags:

Historic Preservation, Facility Condition Assessment, Architecture, LiDAR, 3D Laser Scanning, Exterior Envelope, Envelope Repairs, Historic Architecture, Destructive testing