Ansel Adams Gallery Investigative Testing

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The uncovering of concealed conditions during design allows for appropriate design solutions to be developed before construction begins, which makes for a more well-designed and cost-effective project. The following destructive testing is needed in order to inform the design and construction planning process for the Ansel Adams Gallery Rehabilitation project. Testing will reveal concealed conditions within certain buildings associated with The Ansel Adams Gallery and all work will be completed by the park's Historic Preservation Team.

Testing includes temporary removal of:
• A limited area of decking, no greater than 3 square feet, at 900A Gallery porch to see concealed condition of deck framing.
• Debris and soil from the base of a wood pole at west elevation of 900A Gallery to determine extent of rotted wood.
• Limited area of wall finish, 1 square foot, on exterior wall of 900A or to the extent necessary or find alternative non-destructive means to confirm presence of insulation.
• Limited flooring and substrate, no greater than 3 square feet, to view floor framing at lower and upper level of the Gallery (Building 900A), preferably up against perimeter areas where existing floor joists may have contact with soil.
• Flooring and floor substrate, no greater than 3 square feet, in 3 to 4 areas near perimeter walls of 900A, 900B, 902 and 904 to view conditions at foundation.
• Select areas, no greater than 1.5 lineal feet, of wood skirting at all buildings (where present) to reveal existing foundation conditions.
• The ceiling finish attachment to roof rafters sufficiently at the west side of deck at 900A to view and document framing details. This is necessary for preparing new detail to attach new canopy for ADA ramp; this is not necessary if canopy alternative is not selected.
• A louver at west gable end of 900A for access to attic framing.