Moss Hall and Johns Hall at Longwood University were excellent candidates for renovation and adaptive re-use. Gate Precast worked in a design-assist relationship with Little Diversified Architectural Consulting and Franck & Lohsen Architects solving the challenges of façade replacement for two, 10-story housing facilities built in 1969 and 1970, respectively.
The decision to renovate the buildings with an insulated precast concrete exterior system rather than demolish the structures constructed with concrete masonry units with a brick cavity wall and no insulation will saved both time and money, while retaining the welcoming appearance of these structures alumni remember.
The precast panels stack on the foundation and tie back to the existing steel frame, reducing the required load on the framing. The 3-in. exterior wythes feature a variety of significant buildups, including cornices, false columns, and other decorative pieces to create visual interest and serve as an interesting “gateway” to the campus, according to Little, the national architectural firm on the project.
Read More about this project in Ascent, Winter 2019
Little Diversified Architectural Consulting and Franck & Lohsen Architects