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Exterior Upgrades – U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine

(Natick, MA)


This project was to provide exterior upgrades for the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine’s Building 42 headquarters. The building exterior was not up to anti-terrorism force protection standards. Many code violations and egress hazards created an unacceptable level of risk for the occupants.  As part of KB’s effort to provide the exterior upgrades needed, KB surveyed the exterior to identify the anti-terrorism force protection standard violations in the windows and bring those deficiencies up to current standards.

These improvements included either sealing cracks or replacing masonry block along the entire exterior of the 3-story building. All windows were replaced to be blast resistant. Steel framing was installed to reinforce the windows. Following all the structural and blast improvements, KB applied color stain to the entire building to give a consistent exterior aesthetic along the entire building. Today, Building 42 maintains the U.S. Army Research Institute’s mission of optimizing soldier performance through cutting-edge medical research.