Toomey Abbott Tower

Syracuse, NY

Vertical Access was retained by William Taylor Architects to perform a close visual and hands-on investigation of the four exterior facades of the 24-story tower and the two-story wing that abuts the south side of the tower. The purpose of the investigation was to help the design team prepare repair recommendations.

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Building description

Toomey Abbott Tower was designed by Sargent Webster Crenshaw & Folley and built in 1968 for the Syracuse Housing Authority (SHA).

The building is 24 stories tall, with a three- story base and 21 floors of living units. Part of the SHA complex includes a two-story wing that connects to the south side of the tower.

The tower is constructed of poured-in place concrete framing with pre-cast concrete spandrel panels. Vertical board formwork used in the construction gives the poured-in place concrete columns a textured pattern that is also used at the pre-cast concrete spandrel panels. Rows of aluminum windows fill the openings between the columns and spandrel panels.

Scope of work

  • Performed a close visual and hands-on survey of the exterior facades.
  • Documented representative and notable conditions observed on the exterior using still photographs hyperlinked to annotated AutoCAD drawings, with quantities provided for each condition, (TPAS®).

Building owner

  • Syracuse Housing Authority

In collaboration with

  • William Taylor Architects
  • Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis