PROJECT:   North & West Portico Restoration                               REPORT NO.  34
                        Mercer County Courthouse
                        Mercer, Pennsylvania

DATE   October 21, 1999   TIME  10:00 a.m.

PRESENT AT MEETING   Lou DeJulia - Mercer County Maintenance
                                                Bob Mastriana - 4M Company

NOTES

WEST & NORTH PORTICO

  • Lou DeJulia and Bob Mastriana installed a sample decorative replacement globe for the lampposts and Lou will have tile restoration committee view it at their next Tuesday morning meeting.
  • Bob called Keystone to try to expedite tile completion of their work. They promised to be there next Monday with two (2) men to finish the foundations and anything of their work remaining.
  • Bob coordinated alternate paint colors with Wallace Builders to expedite tile approval of tile samples.
  • It appears not must progress is being made because of tile curing of tile slabs. However, tile rest of tile work should be progressing more rapidly next week.
  • We redesigned tile base plates for tile railing installation for Federal Iron to help distribute tile load since each railing for the North portico weighs 2,280 pounds or approximately 1 ton.

ITEMS TO VERIFY

  • The next meeting is Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 10:00 a.m.

PROJECT:    North & West Portico Restoration                               REPORT NO.  35
                         Mercer County Courthouse
                         Mercer, Pennsylvania

DATE   October 26, 1999   TIME   10:00 a.m.

PRESENT AT MEETING  Jerry Johnson - Chairman of Courthouse Restoration Committee
                                               Doug Wallace - Wallace Builders
                                               Denny Salmon - Wallace Builders
                                               Lou DeJulia - Mercer County Maintenance
                                               Bob Mastriana - 4M Company

NOTES

GENERAL

  • Federal Iron must get the interior rotunda railings fixed as soon as they complete the exterior portico railings. The county is very concerned about their safety.

NORTH PORTICO

  • The paint, PPG 416-2 Gravel Color, Eggshell Finish, was chosen to paint the exterior wood trim for the courthouse. The painter should start Wednesday.
  • Keystone was completing the repair work on the steps in preparation to apply the Miracote finish. Because the weather was mild, they anticipated completing this work by Wednesday.
  • Keystone was also completing the foundation grouting and sealing.
  • Wallace Builders will re-install the wall lanterns with the electrician on Wednesday.

WEST PORTICO

  • Youngstown Tile installed the Sonneborn waterproofing on Monday and will begin the tile installation on Thursday. Normally it would take two days, however, they will have to wait until the railings are installed to complete their work because the tile must be cut around the railing base plates.
  • The railings are not completed yet so they will most likely be installed next week.
  • The replacement globe was viewed by the restoration committee. They liked the color and texture, however, they felt that if a round crackle finish globe could be found, that would be preferred over the acorn shape since the original globes were round.

ITEMS TO VERIFY

  •  The next meeting is Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 10:00 a.m.

 

PROJECT:    North & West Portico Restoration                               REPORT NO. 36
                        
Mercer County Courthouse
                         Mercer, Pennsylvania

DATE   October 28, 1999   TIME  10:00 a.m.

PRESENT AT MEETING   Tom Auel - Arcon Specialties
                                                Lou DeJulia - Mercer County Maintenance
                                                Bob Mastriana - 4M Company

NOTES

GENERAL

  • Bob Mastriana met with Rick Boggs and reviewed the photographs and slides for the state historical society awards submittal.  Rick will complete the descriptive copy to coordinate with the pictures and will submit it by the November 1st deadline.

NORTH & WEST PORTICO

  • The painters removed the old wooden screens and started doing prep work on the North portico window trim.  The painting will begin this afternoon.
  • Youngstown Tile & Terrazzo met at the 4M Company office later in the day with Bob Mastriana to approve the grout samples which is Summitville #962 Natural Grout Color.
  • Tom Auel met with Lou DeJulia and Bob Mastriana and tested the moisture content of the stone.  All the lower base stone is saturated.  We need to control and stop the moisture from the stone to dry it out.  The only way this can possibly be accomplished is though a process known an chemical rising damp control.  This is a process where special chemical is infused in the stone and creates a chemical barrier to rising damp.  Rising damp is the vertical movement of water though capillaries in masonry until  the point of saturation and evaporation are equalized.  Tom will discuss this approach to the problem and the probable costs with one of the few contractors nationally who specializes in this technique.
  • Tom is also verifying the coloration of the Miracote sample versus the actual base material made the sample we based our decision on is lighter and less green then the Miracote appears on the columns.

ITEMS TO VERIFY

  • The next meeting is Tuesday, November 2, 1999 at 10:00 a.m.

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