January 2018 Update

CHICAGO, IL – An update for the work done in January 2018 at the Shrine

Phase I

– Cold weather has limited the working days this month

– Cold weather protection screens have been installed around the scaffolding at the interior west wall

– Propane tanks are being used to heat the protected scaffolding area. This heat will allow the masonry work to continue

– Truss No. 1, 2, 3, & 5 have been fabricated

– 1/26 WJE made a site visit to the steel fabrication shop to inspect Truss No. 5

– Miscellaneous plates, bent angles and purlins have been fabricated that are associated with Truss No. 1, 2, 3, & 5

– New Delivery date is set for March 5, 2018. Weather and steel fabrication delays have pushed the delivery

Phase II

– Request for Proposals for HVAC Performance Specification and for Engineering have been evaluated

– Two engineering firms were interviewed and the Shrine Team is making a decision on who to move forward with

William Heyer Architects, WHA, has been engaged to start Phase II design

– Three bids have been received for the restoration of the large steel frames. The same company will also continue on the project and create the stain glass windows. Canon Talarico and Studio 31a will be visiting each of the shops to get a better understanding on the production process of each shop

Behind the Scenes

CHICAGO, IL – Work continues behind the scenes at the Shrine! Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) has provided Truss Lift Diagrams. These are diagrams of the trusses and show the pick points for the crane lift. This becomes part of a written procedure for the replacement of the trusses. The complexity of this process is great, and the procedure will help define the process. Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE) will provide a review of the process. In the design process, these drawings are called shop drawings and are reviewed by the engineer of record. It is similar to “measure twice, cut once”.

(Click photos to enlarge each diagram.)

Mid-January Update

CHICAGO, IL – Due to the very cold temperatures, masonry work could not continue this past week. However, more brick and materials have arrived, and winterized scaffolding is now completely in place to continue work on the west elevation (above choir loft) once temperatures become a little warmer.

The steel trusses continue to be fabricated at the Southside shop. Truss No 1, 2 & 3 are done. Truss No 5 (photo at left) is being laid out and will be inspected by the engineers next week. By the end of next week half of the eight trusses will be fabricated. Due to the large size of the trusses, maneuvering them for the work in the shop is itself a time-consuming process. Angles/channels for purlins are being cut as well. Purlins are roof framing steel beams that span perpendicular to the trusses. Date of delivery still to be determined.

December 2017 Work

CHICAGO, IL – Update of the work done in December, 2017 at the Shrine:

Phase I

– East Pediment masonry wall tuckpointed

– Purlins removed from the West and Interior East Pediment Walls

– Scaffolding installed at the West wall above the choir loft

– Demolition of masonry at interior face of West Pediment wall

– Warming rooms created for winter conditions

– Temporary electrical set up

– 12/15 Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE) site visit to steel fabrication shop to inspect Truss No. 1

– Truss No. 2 & No. 3 in fabrication

– Miscellaneous plates and bent angles have been fabricated

Phase II

– Request for Proposals for HVAC Performance Specification and for Engineering sent out to a fourth engineering firm