LAN Serving as Program Manager
(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) Construction is underway to reskin the Nueces County Courthouse Building in Corpus Christi, an iconic 12-story tower built in 1977.
While the building’s structure has stood the test of time, its façade has deteriorated. Over the years, water has leaked into the building, creating mildew. In 2019, a piece of travertine stone from the building’s facade fell and cracked one of the atrium’s three-pane windows. The County erected scaffolding, plywood, and safety netting to protect the building’s exterior and pedestrians.
Over the next year, Nueces County, in partnership with planning, engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN), Richter Architects and Phoenix 1 Restoration & Construction, will remove the existing travertine stone and replace the façade with new travertine. Other elements of the building shell, such as window insulation and caulking, will be replaced. The façade will also be power washed.
The courthouse will remain occupied and fully functional during the project. An estimated 20 percent of stone from the building will be salvaged and used on other buildings owned by the county.
“Once completed, the project will substantially increase the building’s serviceability and life, enhance safety, and preserve the aesthetics and quality of the original building,” said Kyle LeBlanc, P.E., LAN’s program manager. “The project is also a key piece of the revitalization efforts that is currently underway in downtown Corpus Christi.”
The $6.7 million project will be completed in February 2022.
LAN is a full-service consulting firm offering planning, engineering and program management services for the nation’s heavy civil infrastructure needs. With more than 350 employees across the United States, LAN is a national leader in the engineering industry and is consistently ranked among the “Top 100 A/E Firms” according to Engineering News-Record. LAN is a LEO A DALY company, an international architecture and engineering firm.