Project Name: Hall of Languages North
Entry Stairs & Foundation Wall Repair
Project Owner: Syracuse University,
Syracuse, New York
Project Cost: Approximately $400,000
The Hall of Languages, which opened in 1873, is Syracuse University’s oldest building. It was the university’s sole structure for 14 years. A registered historic building, it is one of the most heavily scheduled structures on the SU campus. The Hall of Languages now provides classrooms that can accommodate more than 2,000 students and offices for many departments, including English and textual studies, philosophy and religion.
The site project at the Hall of Languages included: the removal of existing stairs; foundation repair; replacement of damaged stair treads; replacement/restoration of railing systems; resetting of existing reusable stair treads; and site restoration and repair. Due both to its antiquity and its high functionality, the structure required critical restoration in a manner that would duplicate its original condition. Many deteriorated elements were repaired or replicated. The success of the project was evident in a reconstruction that matched the age of the building.
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