Western Specialty Contractors Charlotte Branch Restores Historic Buncombe County Courthouse Façade

Western Specialty Contractors – Charlotte Branch used its expertise in historic masonry to restore the façade of North Carolina’s Buncombe County Courthouse.

Located in Asheville, NC, the historic courthouse was designed by architect Frank Pierce Milburn and built between 1924 and 1928. The 17-story skyscraper’s façade consists of brick and ashlar veneer and features complex setbacks with an overlay of Neo-Classical Revival limestone and terra cotta ornament. The courthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

Over time, the landmark structure’s façade deteriorated and required extensive restoration. Western Specialty Contractors contracted with Buncombe County to do the specialized work, which included brick and sealant replacement and terra cotta repairs.

Taking on the project meant Western’s experts would have to work 195 feet above the ground to repair the building’s envelope. Western worked with local supplier Scaffolding Solutions to determine all scaffolding needed for the project, allowing the building to remain operational during construction and keep workers safe during inclement weather.

“Access to the façade was a driving part of this project,” said Western Assistant Project Manager Quinn Griffith. “We strategized scaffold access on every phase in order to save time and money on the extensive project.”
Work on the façade started on April 20, 2020, and was completed on budget and ahead of schedule in August 2021. SKA Consulting served as the engineer on the project.

The result is a beautifully restored, structurally sound, waterproof façade that will last many years.

About Western Specialty Contractors

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing, and specialty roofing. Western offers a nationwide network of expertise that building owners, engineers, architects, and property managers can count on to develop cost-effective, corrective measures that can add years of useful life to a variety of structures, including industrial, commercial, healthcare, historic, educational and government buildings, parking structures, and sports stadiums. Western is headquartered in St. Louis, MO, with 30 branch offices nationwide and employs more than 1,200 salaried and hourly professionals who offer the best, time-tested techniques and innovative technology. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit https://WesternSpecialtyContractors.com.