Chicago, IL – The Roof Structural Replacement drawings have been received from Wiss, Janney, Elstner (WJE), the structural engineer. Canon Talarico, Jim Raffin of Raffin Construction, and A. Elizabeth Ortner of Studio 31a reviewed the drawings in the Shrine. Raffin Construction will use these drawings to get multiple bids from subcontractors to firm up pricing on the cost of this phase of the work. These drawings will also be used to go in for the Building Permit with the City of Chicago. Studio 31a is working on setting up a meeting with the City as they have a vested interest in this project.
Chicago, IL – As the summer moves along through July, so too does the restoration process of the Shrine. Wiss Janney Elstner (WJE) & Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) are working to complete their documents for upcoming deadlines in July. These two engineering firms have also been in contact with each other and are sharing renovation details for Phase 1, which includes rebuilding the roof and essential masonry repairs near the roofline.
Preliminary budget meetings and research are ongoing for subsequent phases of the building’s restoration. Experts are being consulted as to the extent of the plaster damage to the church’s interior. Landmark Fee Waiver documents have been sent into the City of Chicago and are under review.