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Keiller Building

Keiller Building

education-k-12 / historical-preservation

The project was the renovation of the ground level of a four-story research facility, originally built in 1925, which was impacted by Hurricane Ike in 2008.

Construction documents called for the application of a waterproofing system below grade, Zero/Six was commissioned to further comment on the viability of the proposed scope. The scope entailed excavations of the building perimeter, including demolition of adjacent sidewalks and stairways, and installation of a sheet applied waterproofing membrane.

Zero/Six performed a forensic investigation, including water testing with a horizontal spray rack meant to simulate a heavy rain at grade and below. Data loggers were randomly placed within the building (Level 1) to monitor humidity levels. After review of  testing and inspection data, Zero/Six assisted in preparation of a scope of work and provided on-site quality control inspections while the construction team implemented the below grade modifications.

Additional Information

Client: The University of Texas Medical Branch

Location: Galveston, Texas

Year Built: 1925

Architect: Herbert Miller Greene

Contractor: Hammonds Construction


  • Peer review of construction documents
  • On-site QA/QC and reporting
  • Performance testing
  • Commissioning of the building envelope

Markets: Higher Education & Historical Preservation

Project Scale:

  • Construction cost: $1 million
  • 48,000 SF

Project Status: Completed 2014

Type of Construction: Renovation & Forensic

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