James M. Hanley Federal Building

Syracuse, New York

The James M. Hanley Federal Building was designed by Sargent, Webster, Crenshaw & Folley and completed in 1977. It is located in downtown Syracuse and occupies a full city block. The Main Building consists of a 15-story north tower and 13-story south tower joined by a 16-story, windowless central core. The four-story Annex to the east is connected to the Main Building with a skywalk at the 3rd floor. The north and south towers of the Main Building have poured-in-place concrete columns with pre-cast concrete panels. The central core of the Main Building and the Annex are constructed of poured-in-place concrete. A distinctive feature of the poured-in-place concrete sections of the building are the horizontal reveals.

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Scope of work

  • Close visual examination and hammer-sounding of concrete at exterior façades.
  • Documentation and quantification of fault conditions using TPAS® direct digital annotation system.

Problems solved

  • Coordinated load testing of all existing fall protection wall anchors to provide certification of testing to the building owner.
  • Used combination of industrial rope access and aerial platforms for most efficient means of gaining hands-on coverage.
  • Completed comprehensive close visual examination of building with minimal impact on building occupants and public.

In collaboration with

Building owner

  • General Services Administration