University Hospital Curtain Wall Assessment


Forensic Analysis
Enclosure Diagnostics
Third-Party Repair Review
Construction Administration

University Hospital Curtain Wall Assessment


The Clements University Hospital is a fully-operational, 12-story healthcare facility constructed in 2014. After several ineffective repair attempts by the original hospital curtain wall contractor failed to stop mullion face caps from falling during wind events, UT Southwestern hired Walter P Moore to provide a forensic analysis. We performed a peer review of the construction documents to identify possible causes of failure, as well as a visual survey to identify additional falling hazards.

Our Challenging Access Team (CAT) mobilized within a week to be on site and conduct the visual assessment of the tower curtain wall system by rope access. Based on the findings, UT Southwestern asked the original contractor to design repairs for the system. UT Southwestern then hired Walter P Moore to provide a third-party review of the proposed repairs and perform construction administration during repair installation. We provided quality control during construction of the repairs by raising appropriate questions, performing hands-on observations during the repairs, and examining the installed repairs via borescope while on-site.

Several Walter P Moore offices collaborated for this project to ensure the repair solutions would mitigate future falling hazards, as well as reduce risk for the owner and building patrons.