Successful Preservation Project Management: Using Feedback Loops During Project Design

The scaffolded "drop" or mockup area where conservator and contractor learned side-by-side during the first month before final bidding.

Preservation projects are nothing like new construction since there are unknowns. Because they are normally bid just like new construction, the surprises that arise later make preservation projects more expensive. Too often risk mitigation on restoration projects means increasing the budget 50% or more. This isn't necessary. By reserving the first month of the project for on-the-scaffold investigations by the conservators with the key members of each team of tradesmen, optimal details can be developed and any training needed to show tradesmen new skills can occur before contractors finalize their bids for the project.

Carbon fiber masonry restraint scaled up

Site-built epoxy-impregnated carbon fiber allowed customized restraints to synch an earthquake-damaged tower and restrain lateral thrust in retaining walls, achieving a lot of stabilization within the limited funds remaining in a repointing project budget.

Carbon Fiber: From Woodwork to Masonry

Menokin carbon fiber tape and glass extensions to existing timbers extending to repaired stone and stone/glass walls

This is part of larger series on carbon fiber (CF). If you are just joining this blog now, please take a moment to review the previous carbon fiber repair posts.   In initial attempts to determine which CF cloths and resins to use, we reviewed loads of technical literature. Too often though it was focused… Continue reading Carbon Fiber: From Woodwork to Masonry