BELTSVILLE, Md., May 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The National Capital Chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) is hosted their annual Concrete Awards Dinner on May 21, 2013. The awards ceremony honored concrete projects that were carried out by its members which exemplify excellence in design and construction. As a long-standing member of the ACI National Capital Chapter and one of the region's most experienced and awarded masonry subcontractors, Manganaro Midatlantic (www.manganaro.com/midatlantic/) won in the category of Concrete Masonry Construction. They were recognized for the successful completion of restoration on the historic Camden Yards Warehouse and Camden Station Museum buildings in downtown Baltimore.
The Camden Yards Warehouse building is a historic feature of Baltimore's Inner Harbor Development and was originally constructed for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad company beginning in 1899. It has since been included as the backdrop for the Oriole Park stadium development that was carried out by the architectural firm Populous in 1992, with the Camden Station Museum lying adjacent. The Camden Yards Warehouse, which is purportedly the longest brick building on the East Coast, was used as a railroad box car storage facility and could store up to 1,000 carloads of goods while it was in use.
To conduct the repairs around the 225,000+ square foot facade of this 8-story building, Manganaro Midatlantic used motorized lifts to access thousands of feet of tuck pointing in a phased approach. Tuck pointing is the process of replacing missing or damaged mortar between existing brick. The perimeter of the building was excavated to an even depth of four feet to allow for a cementitious parget coating to be applied, and sheet waterproofing installed to prevent leakage into the spaces below. Caulking was also needed around hundreds of window perimeters to prevent moisture infiltration.
While performing the tuck pointing, it was discovered that there were thousands of facade anchors that needed to be removed in the process. Manganaro Midatlantic also met challenges during the waterproofing stage when construction teams installed new copper flashing systems around the eleven parapets on the roof. Despite these challenges, Manganaro Midatlantic was successful in finishing the project on schedule.