Brandeis University

Rabb & Golding Window Replacement

Project at a Glance

Waltham, MA


Austin Architects

Project Type


Project Overview

  • Demolition and removal of oversized glass windows, requiring ACM abatement on an active campus
  • Successful installation of 230 awning-style windows in just eight weeks
  • Demolition and updates to the second floor restroom to achieve ADA compliance

The Rabb Graduate Center and Golding Judaica Center, originally constructed in the 1960s, underwent a full window replacement in order to increase energy efficiency in the buildings. Located in the busy Mandel Humanities Quad, the project was managed on a fast-track summer schedule to minimize disruptions to campus and building occupants.

The project implemented Lean practices and utilized window mock-ups to efficiently complete the replacement of 230 7 ft. x 7 ft. windows in both buildings. Demolition and abatement of the window openings–which contained ACMs–and the large panes of glass was executed safely with DEP standards. The scope of work also included installation of new exterior doors, installation of a rooftop exhaust system and upgrades to the second floor restroom to achieve ADA compliance. Our team self-performed window blocking, caulk re-patching and installation of four exterior hollow metal doors.