Pewabic Tile Musuem and Education Center
Detroit, Michigan






2002 - 2006


12,200 sf

Founded in 1903 during the Arts & Crafts Movement, Pewabic is nationally renowned for its tile and pottery in unique glazes.

BEI performed a detailed architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical building inspection, and provided an assessment report on the condition of the building. This assessment report outlined the building condition and what parts of the building will fail and need to be replaced or repaired over a 20-year period.

The Pewabic Pottery building is a facility of approximately 12,200 square-feet, originally built in 1907. The facility is partitioned into several different areas for the production of tiles and pottery pieces. The front part of the structure is an office/studio/product store that is housed in a two story building with a small storage room in the third floor attic. There is also a small basement under the first floor office / studio which is used for the storage of molds, a lunch room and a mechanical furnace room. Directly behind the office/ studio are the production areas with pottery furnaces, spraying booths, a clay making area, and artist production work areas.

In addition, BEI provided a detailed building interior structural evaluation for improvement of the second floor frame in the area above the first floor office/studio. BEI's structural engineers visited Pewabic Pottery and evaluated the second floor structural frame in the Office/Studio area. The strength of the beams were reduced due to cracking and made the floor flexible. The beam condition and the ceiling layout necessitated the structural reinforcing of the floor.

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