Roof Demolition Completed!

As the month of June comes to an end, the final demolition of the roof at the Shrine has been completed!! Debris has been cleared and work continues to further the progress of the Shrine’s restoration.

Meanwhile, Wiss Janney Elstner (WJE) is in the office creating drawings and structural steel details for the construction of the new roof. Their drawings are due on July 19, 2016.

Also at this time, Simpson, Grumertz & Heger (SGH) are compiling all the data they gathered from their exterior survey and are creating documents that are due on July 29, 2016.

More Roof Removal

Chicago, IL – This week at the Shrine work continued with the demolition of the fire damaged roof, resulting in piles of burnt wood and plaster. Unfortunately, there was a column capital that crumbled when it was moved, as the plaster strength has been compromised due to its exposure to the elements.

Stone Damage Evaluation

Chicago, IL – This week Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Engineering Services (SGH) is conducting a massive exterior survey of the Shrine. SGH is checking for heat damage to the stone from October’s fire and freeze & thaw damage to the stone due to the open exposure over this past winter. In the near future, they will also be surveying the windows and doors of the Shrine.

 

Early June Shrine Update

Chicago, IL – June has just begun but the restoration efforts at the Shrine are moving along quickly!! Much has been done since the month started. More of the transept roof has been removed. Capital columns are being protected as they will remain in place as part of the new interior of the Shrine. Other damaged capital has been removed. And the engineering company, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, has started its site surveying of the exterior condition of the Shrine’s limestone.