Since 1983, Facade Maintenance Design (FacadeMD) has specialized
in the investigation, repair and rehabilitation of building
exteriors and facades, restoring architectural beauty, preserving
and protecting historical character, extending property life,
and enhancing property value.
Headquartered in New York City, FacadeMDengineers, architects and
restoration specialists are recognized problem-solving experts
in exterior rehabilitation and restoration. The FacadeMDTeam is
characterized by its painstaking professional approach to building
facade examination, rehabilitation and regulatory compliance
concerns. Devoted to the faithful restoration of architectural
detail as well as cost-efficient measures to achieve preservation
and integrity of exterior building facades, the FacadeMDTeam services
additionally include the investigation and repair of water damage,
seepage problems via windows and roofs and the preparation of
legally-required building facade examination reports and filings.
The FacadeMDTeam begins by focusing its multi-disciplined experience
on a thorough "needs analysis" of the structure's exterior,
providing owners and property managers with an investigative
inspection report of the exterior condition, including roof,
cornice, facade, windows, foundations and other exterior architectural
features. Whether the purpose of the examination is restoration,
renovation or a required building survey, the FacadeMDTeam provides
clear, detailed analysis of the current status, recommended
restoration or rehabilitation requirements, prioritized solutions,
timeline and cost estimates.
Based upon the detailed FacadeMDTeam investigative report, property
managers and owners have the appropriate documentation to prepare
project bid documents, obtain budget approvals, arrange financing
or "forward plan" building improvements from cash flow. FacadeMD
documentation further provides for legal filings and, if required,
expert witness testimony.
The success of FacadeMDrestoration techniques and FacadeMDTeam training
is evidenced by the many repeat assignments and referrals from
existing and former clients - owners, managers and agents for
high-rise commercial buildings, revered historical structures,
important public institutions
and well-known architectural landmarks.
CATEGORIES OF WORK
Exterior Examinations and Reports
Exterior and Facade Rehabilitation
Roofing, Windows and Waterproofing
Restoration of Unique/Historic Structures
SERVICES WE PROVIDE
Reports and Filings
Design and Engineering
Richard W. Lefever, PE
Mr. Lefever is the President and founder of Facade Maintenance
Design as an independent organization. In 1999, he purchased
FacadeMDfrom the parent firms DeSimone Consulting Engineers PLLC
and SBLM Architects PC. Prior to the purchase, Mr. Lefever had
been General Manager of FacadeMDsince 1988.
Mr. Lefever is responsible for the daily coordination of and
production of all activities, including condition analysis,
reports, construction documents and construction administration.
Under Mr. Lefever's guidance, FacadeMDhas expanded from a New York-centered
firm to a regional firm.
Mr. Lefever has managed facade, structural and waterproofing
restoration and rehabilitation projects for dozens of buildings
throughout the eastern half of the United States. He has provided
expert testimony in New York and Florida on masonry restoration
Mr. Lefever is a member of the National Trust for Historic
Preservation, the Association of Preservation Technology (APT),
the Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute (SWRI),
and is a frequent presenter at various industry technical events.
He holds an engineering degree from Lafayette College, has studied
architecture at Columbia University, and is a graduate of the
RESTORE masonry restoration course.
Mark Anderson, AIA
Vice President, Director of Historic
Mr. Anderson studied architecture at City College of New York
(CCNY) and Historic Preservation in the Masters Degree Program
at Columbia University and has also studied architecture in
Italy and historic preservation in Istanbul. Mr. Anderson has
been an integral part of FacadeMDfor over fifteen years, where he
has designed and observed every phase of exterior restoration.
Mr. Anderson has been the leader of the design team for the
restoration of facades such as the landmarked 90 West Street,
Woolworth, McGraw Hill, and Fuller Buildings as well as the
restoration of the interior ceilings and stained glass of the
landmarked Gould Memorial Library.
Mr. Anderson is a member of the American Institute of Architects
(AIA), Sealant, Waterproofing and Restoration Institute (SWRI),
the Association of Preservation Technology (APTNE), the chairman
of the Westerleigh Historic Preservation Committee, and a director
of the Architecture Alumni Association of CCNY.