On time and on budget

Leazer Hall.jpgWe will finish the Leazar Hall window restoration project tomorrow then pack up and move back to Greensboro after a four-month stint in the Capital City.  Everyone associated with the redo of the building that will house NCSU’s College of Design is quite pleased with their decision to restore rather than replace the structure’s 1912 fenestration.

Although the vast majority of Leazar’s windows are wood double hungs, 16 of them were metal casement unitsClerestory before.jpg located 26 feet up in Leazar’s “clerestory” connecting the two buildings of what was originally State’s main dining hall.  As originally designed, the clerestory windows were operated by a rope connected to an ingenious mechanism that had fallen into disrepair over the years.

TClerestory after.jpghe casements were bent, broken and rusted, so I proposed replacing them with new wood units and refurbishing the old geared mechanism to make the new windows operate like the old ones used to.  (Patrick Eakes’ metal fabrication company worked miracles with replacement parts, BTW).  Clerestory Jesse.jpgBecause of the equipment involved, I saved this phase of the work for last.  (If you click on the thumbnail, you’ll notice my last-Friday-hooky-playing assistant lift operator in the picture).

Yesterday, we got it all put back together and pulled on the rope and, miracle of miracles, the new windows Clerestory lift and scaffold.jpgcranked open as smoothly as you please.

We have a few punch-list things to take care of today and tomorrow, but as of Monday, Double Hung will relocate its shop-on-wheels back to Greensboro to take on a backlog of projects that have amassed over the past four months.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted June 1, 2006 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Whaaa? No change orders? THAT’S where the money is. In the change orders.

  2. dhoggard
    Posted June 2, 2006 at 4:16 am | Permalink

    Actually my entire contract was a change order. The university was originally going to just paint the windows and let it go at that. But as the rest of the project started spiffing the place up, the we not satisfied with having ugly windows.

    Double Hung entered the project after 75% of the project was completed. I submitted my contract with enough room to accomodate unexpected problems that would normally require a change order. And unexpected stuff DID come up.

    But you are right, change orders are da bomb.

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  1. By Hogg’s Blog » Double Hung times four on July 27, 2006 at 7:55 am

    [...] This 1834 structure serves serves as the main administrative building as well as faculty and student housing.  Although we can start on the windows at any time, I’m going to hold us off of that project until sometime in November.  We’ve spent enough time in Raleigh for a while. [...]