This project was located in a heritage building where DJM has completed a significant amount of work over the years. Projects included exterior restoration including wood restoration and new woodworking, and interior modifications to the sprinkler systems as well as various other interior renovations. The Newman Centre is a conference center, offices and student residence.
This project was completed for a developer in which extensive repointing, brick rebuilding and replacement was needed as well as complete restoration of the wood soffits, fascia and wood windows. In circumstances where the windows were not able to be restored we built new heritage replica wood windows.
The entire front facade of the school including the chapel was restored which included 100% repointing, 100% stone cleaning and restoration of 87 metal / leaded windows. Quintek stone cleaning equipment was used for the stone cleaning; heritage lime mortar was used for the mortar joints, and DJM worked with Eve Guinan Design on the restoration of the leaded windows while DJM restored the metal windows and glazed them.
This project included stone conservation, stone replacement, window restoration, poulticing and interior window restoration and excavation. The stone component involved stone conservation of the west courtyard. Details included various Dutchmen, pointing, DHL and extensive stone replacement in excess of 225 stones. A site cut shop and having the skilled trades to perform all carving enabled this project to run smoothly and on time. This feature enabled us to meet the strict deadline, procure stone overseas and provide excellent quality. Eliminating an outside stone shop was crucial in this project. We feel we are able to offer a great advantage in this area. We obtained Portland Brownstone stone from the United States to perform the delicate carving of the beasts at the south entrance. We followed up various correspondence methods required, provided an employee to drive to Connecticut directly to ensure procuring of the stone. We understood the importance of this detailed work and the measures required to complete this component. No contractor on previous phases was able or prepared to perform this task. We also performed the carving on Friday’s only, as requested by the client, without incident over a two-month span; this was beyond what was specified in the contract. This cooperation again illustrates our ability to adapt and the kind of service we can provide to this sensitive building and client. Window conservation on this project was extensive and included both exterior and interior modifications. Scope of work included Dutchmen, sill and glass replacement, epoxy repairs and painting. Work was performed during regular hours and beyond regular hours where required. Work included scheduling in high security areas, working in occupied offices including those of the Premier, Speaker of the House and the Opposition Leader. Detailed work description summaries were performed, including digital photos of desk layouts prior to moving contents, which ensured minimal disruption to these high profile offices. Site coordination with the client and security team was very involved and extremely crucial in the completion of these offices in a professional timely manner. Our forces were aware of these demands and met the criteria involved without any disruptions. Our flexible hour’s policy was also crucial in this area including all shifts and weekend work. We were able to perform in the most secure sensitive areas of Queens Park without incident.
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