How Healthy is your Landmark?
‘Landmark’ or ‘listed’ structures, which are usually 50 years or older, face their own unique set of maintenance requirements. Landmark structures can be made from most any construction material and can be a monument, building, civil structure, or landscape. Landmark structures are significant in one way or another, either having been associated with a significant person or event, or a physical embodiment of an architectural style, engineering feat or a philosophical ideal.
Landmarks are more often than not expected to perform beyond their design life, and are always requiring and extension of their service life. As these structures age, planning for and understanding how materials degrade can assist in prolonging the life of the structure. Combining material science, preservation philosophy with appropriate investigation and interventions are of utmost importance when assessing landmark structures.
Echem can tailor an investigation which is suitable for the structure being assessed. Our work includes Hellenistic Greek Farmhouses, Roman Frescoes and Mosaics, the World’s Sole Tea Clipper, Mid-Century Architectural Masterpieces, to contemporary Monuments.
Non-intrusive, non-destructive investigations can be planned through the use of advanced testing equipment, historic material analysis, and failure assessments and future performance analysis. We can investigate any material or structure type, provide documentation services, assist with original construction arrangements, and provide durability assessments on historic materials and how they will behave in their given environment over time. This valuable information can assist stewards of landmark structures plan and budget for repair and maintenance, or negotiate better terms when purchasing a building.