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IMI Webinar Series: Terra Cotta Construction & Restoration

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Date(s) - 06/09/2020
12:00 pm




Architectural Terra Cotta began as features within (brick) masonry facade assemblies and evolved into full building clad systems. The presentation will give an overview of general terra cotta facade construction and how the wall system functions. Characteristics of the material will be discussed along with its pathological tendencies. The material properties and its construction are contributors to both its success and beauty as well as its vulnerability to damage. Understanding the material and its vulnerabilities will help in developing appropriate repair and restoration solutions. The presentation will provide an overview of appropriate solutions for in-situ repairs, supplemental anchorage, replacement units, improved water management, and treatment of corroded steel. Craftworkers that are trained and educated in terra cotta masonry restoration are assets to project teams and play a significant role in successful historic terra cotta masonry projects.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to comprehend historic terra cotta masonry construction.
  • Understand properties and performance of historic terra cotta materials.
  • Identify and recognize design and construction problems that may occur with historic terra cotta construction.
  • Select appropriate repair or replacement treatments to deteriorated terra cotta or solve original design, detail, and construction problems.