Phase 1 – Structural enhancement of the roof was a challenging project as limited access required the maneuvering of steel members by hand through narrow openings prior to placement within the roof space. Temporary facilities were set up in advance to carry out the work in a safe manner.
Phase 2 – Interior renovation. The mandate was to keep the Church functioning during the renovations and DJM worked closely with Church personnel to ensure that the daily activities of the Church were not compromised. At the end of each week an area was prepared for Sunday services. All furnishings including lighting systems and the organ were removed and a complete scaffold system was erected to facilitate the work. The project consisted of extending the altar to allow for multi-functional use, new wood patterned floors replaced carpet and painting of the walls and ceilings enhanced a previously dull and dark space. Faux finishes were used throughout to replicate stone and marble. A new lighting system introduced with multiple effects that could be set to suit the occasion. A large stained glass window behind the altar was restored as well.
* D.J. McRae Contracting was awarded Project of the Year by the Toronto Construction Association for this project.
The front façade of Blessed Sacrament Church at Yonge & Lawrence was scaffolded in order for repairs to be completed to the stone tracery, which included the use of repair mortars and the surrounding areas which required repointing. Cleaning of the masonry and tracery was also done. Due to the condition of the stained glass and protective glazing, there was water damage on the interior so interior plaster repairs and painting was completed after the exterior masonry restoration and stained glass restoration was complete.
Completed in 2006 and was approximately a year in duration. This project involved the demolition of the existing south entrance and construction of a new entrance to accommodate handicap access, including a new handicap lift. Interior renovation work included the renovation of the washrooms, new office space, plaster, and paint, flooring and glazing along with along with the associated mechanical and electrical work. Exterior work included a natural stone façade, carved stone pieces and a lead coated copper roof. The site was extremely tight for operations and the building was an occupied space for the duration of construction. Selective demolition, excavation depths and dewatering were daily challenges for this project which were overcome. * D.J. McRae Contracting was awarded Project of the Year by the Toronto Construction Association for this project.
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