Dear DNR Department and Graduate Students,
This is the start of biweekly updates on the Fernow renovation progress.
The demolition phase of all floors is almost completed and openings have been made for the elevator, a second set of stairs and building mechanical systems.
Here is the first floor (standing in Steve Morreale’s old office looking east):
..and the second floor:
..and the third floor:
The old slate roof has been removed and replaced with a new slate roof, new gutters and snow guards (no more leaks and falling ice!):
The marble from the stair landings has been removed and saved for reuse in the finished Fernow (e.g. behind water fountains).
The repointing work (repairing the mortar between the bricks) on the exterior has been completed for this season and will be finished in the spring. Now that the roof is done and the repointing finished for the season, the scaffolding has can come down. Because Fernow is a historic building, there is much attention being paid to the color and components of the replacement mortar so it will match the existing building.
You may have noticed the big concrete truck outside of Fernow yesterday. They are pouring concrete for the shaft infills (translation: the walls around the elevator, new stairs, etc). If anyone wants to know about the art and science of concrete pouring Sarah Gould would be happy to share what she has learned. You would be amazed at the level of testing and scrutiny that happens before, during and after pouring concrete.