Friday, July 18, 2008

Scaffolding Down to the Beams

Today the crew from Marr Scaffolding took the staging down to the beam level. The big crane will be on-site Saturday night to lift the beams and fully reveal the tower. The piers on the north and south side of the building will be taken down Monday and Tuesday. The Old State House will be back to normal by the middle of next week.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Tower is Partially Revealed

Yesterday, a crew from Marr Scaffolding began to disassemble the upper stages of scaffolding. This work truly signifies that the project is coming to an end. The project team has been checking the progress and signing off on the work before each stage comes down. By next week the completed tower will be visible to all.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Scrolls Are Added

Yesterday marked the end of the carpentry work on the Old State House tower. After the electricians installed the tower lighting, the carpenters could finish the job they started back in April. The balustrades were the first pieces off the tower and the last pieces finished. The scrolls were mounted yesterday afternoon and it marked the end of the work for the carpenters, who have spent so much time here over the last three and a half months that they are now part of our family.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Balustrades Get New Flashing

The lower balustrades have been progressing towards the finished product slowly, but surely. After the balustrades were fitted together, the brackets were installed by chiseling out part of each balustrade. The quarter round trim, urns, and the top finish rail were then put into place. The scrolls were fitted and the base for them was installed. Last Friday, the corners of the balustrades were fitted with a lead flashing to protect the wood from water dripping off the urns. The balustrades were painted over the weekend and the scrolls will be installed this week, finishing the work to the lower balustrades.