Caring for historic buildings requires specialized engineering expertise and respect for preserving and protecting our architectural history. SME’s professionals consider the historical and architectural importance of buildings and provide historical research, documentation, plus analysis and recommendations based on our findings.

Historic buildings are a combination of unique design, materials, and construction methods and their preservation requires knowledge and empirical expertise covering a variety of classic exterior building materials including slate, copper, and clay tile roofing; masonry; and terra cotta. Familiarity with archaic engineering, past practices and structural systems is important in designing effective building rehabilitation strategies.

SME’s historic building services include:

  • Exterior evaluation and condition surveys
  • Infrared thermography analyses
  • Material testing: wood, slate, copper, masonry, concrete, stone and mortar
  • Steel and concrete nondestructive testing using pulse velocity and ultrasound
  • Metallurgical analyses
  • Video borescope inspection
  • Material selection
  • Design consultation
  • Restoration and conservation project documents
  • Construction phase services
  • Historic reroofing and coppersmith certification

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Eric A. Murrell, RA, CCS, CSI

Senior Consultant
Building Enclosure Services

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