Built in 1997 by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), the Pensacola Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Pensacola, Fla., was plagued by water-intrusion issues before it even opened for public use. For nearly 20 years, the federal government spent millions of dollars trying to solve the problem, but ultimately the building had to be evacuated due to health concerns about black mold. A renovation was in order.
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To correct water-intrusion problems, the existing brick façade would need to be removed and replaced. Various scenarios were analyzed for the façade, including a mix of brick and precast concrete. An all-precast exterior was judged the best way to meet GSA’s tight schedule and budget, with limestone embedded in the panels.