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Restoring the Building Update By Ben Brandt

Posted by: Chelsea Badeau on Sun, Jul 17, 2011

Most of the tower work is complete, including the insertion of 37 x 5’ steel rods and 4 x 25’ steel rods.Also completed is extensive repointing, and substantial buttress rebuilding of one buttress on the Westview St. side.Incomplete work includes substantial rebuilding of part of a different Westview St. buttress, plus additional repointing.The contractors used a dry-core (rather than wet-core) drilling process to minimize interior (Narthex) plaster damage.Questions have recently been raised about whether this minor plaster damage and door frame movement is indeed the result of the drilling vibration or whether there is continuing arch collapse. the summer, the engineers will be responding to (hopefully unfounded) arch collapse concern, and the Trustees will be securing additional quotes for the remaining buttress repair work. Click to read more.

 

Restoring the Building Update

By Ben Brandt

Most of the tower work is complete, including the insertion of 37 x 5’ steel rods and 4 x 25’ steel rods.Also completed is extensive repointing, and substantial buttress rebuilding of one buttress on the Westview St. side.Incomplete work includes substantial rebuilding of part of a different Westview St. buttress, plus additional repointing.The contractors used a dry-core (rather than wet-core) drilling process to minimize interior (Narthex) plaster damage.Questions have recently been raised about whether this minor plaster damage and door frame movement is indeed the result of the drilling vibration or whether there is continuing arch collapse. the summer, the engineers will be responding to (hopefully unfounded) arch collapse concern, and the Trustees will be securing additional quotes for the remaining buttress repair work.

The next phase of the restoration of our building will focus on decayed, eroded, load bearing masonry. Trustees are seeking multiple quotes for repair of the large window arch facing Greene St., and the stone pillars on Westview St. that hold up the roof at the top of the handicapped access ramp.It is our plan to fix these areas before they begin to collapse, saving the church from greater expense in the foreseeable future.

Finally, the Trustees will be investigating roofing bids.By the fall, we hope to have quotes for several options.

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