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Masonry Repair Updates… From Board Member David Laskey

The photos below are of the North Wing hall and the large (east side) room.

Much work has been completed under the current contract with the masonry vendors including brick and mortar replacement on exterior walls. However, there are two sets of masonry tasks currently under contract remaining to be completed: shoring-up of a subterranean area and waterproofing a new foundation area in the North Wing.

There are currently four rough openings in the foundation that provide access to the basement area of Echo Hall. Unfortunately, the openings were poorly constructed and repairs are needed to ensure the structural integrity of the building.

Flooring in the North Wing is being torn out to provide safe access for the masons to repair the subterranean area. Volunteers Tay Kelsch, Tom Burke, and Dave Laskey will complete the floor tear-out, anticipated by March 15, 2019.

There are additional masonry needs that became known as the currently contracted work proceeded. Replacement steps to the basement are needed, as well as chimney repair. After excavations and debris removal it was discovered that the drop to the basement is substantially more than anticipated and stairs are needed to provide safe access to the basement.

Although there are several existing chimneys in Echo Hall, only one has historical significance and is structurally sound. However, it needs a few minor repairs and some re-plastering. It also needs to be capped prior to roof repairs.

These tasks will be placed under a new contract with the current vendors. Additional funds are required for these additional tasks.

In spite of additional masonry needs, all masonry work is expected to be completed by the end of March 2019.

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