Chicago, IL – The Roof Structural Replacement drawings have been received from Wiss, Janney, Elstner (WJE), the structural engineer. Canon Talarico, Jim Raffin of Raffin Construction, and A. Elizabeth Ortner of Studio 31a reviewed the drawings in the Shrine. Raffin Construction will use these drawings to get multiple bids from subcontractors to firm up pricing on the cost of this phase of the work. These drawings will also be used to go in for the Building Permit with the City of Chicago. Studio 31a is working on setting up a meeting with the City as they have a vested interest in this project.
Chicago, IL – As the summer moves along through July, so too does the restoration process of the Shrine. Wiss Janney Elstner (WJE) & Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) are working to complete their documents for upcoming deadlines in July. These two engineering firms have also been in contact with each other and are sharing renovation details for Phase 1, which includes rebuilding the roof and essential masonry repairs near the roofline.
Preliminary budget meetings and research are ongoing for subsequent phases of the building’s restoration. Experts are being consulted as to the extent of the plaster damage to the church’s interior. Landmark Fee Waiver documents have been sent into the City of Chicago and are under review.
Meanwhile, Wiss Janney Elstner (WJE) is in the office creating drawings and structural steel details for the construction of the new roof. Their drawings are due on July 19, 2016.
Also at this time, Simpson, Grumertz & Heger (SGH) are compiling all the data they gathered from their exterior survey and are creating documents that are due on July 29, 2016.
Chicago, IL – Clean-up of the church interior is nearing completion. Engineers now have clear access for an up-close analysis of the steel trusses and supports overhead and to the steel columns in the walls. This evaluation will be helpful for the construction drawings of new steel trusses and of the entire new roofing system.
Chicago, IL – Removal of the ashes and debris from October’s fire continues at the Shrine while the press was given access to the clean-up process going on inside the church.
SHRINE RISING CONTINUES: CHRIST THE KING CHURCH CLEAN-UP
CHICAGO, IL (April 26, 2016) – In the aftermath of a devastating fire on October 7th, 2015, and following its narrow escape from demolition yet again, the Shrine of Christ the King Church continues to rise up from its ashes—this time in a very literal way.
Crews are now beginning to remove the ash and debris from inside the fire-damaged church. This work marks the start of Phase One of the “Rise with the Shrine” campaign for the complete restoration of this City of Chicago landmark church.
In late February, the Archdiocese of Chicago deeded the church buildings and property to the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, thanks in a special way to the support of historic preservation groups and local neighborhood associations. Since then, the Institute has been active with its construction team in making preparations and plans for the rebuilding.
On Tuesday, April 26, at 10:00am the press will be given access to the clean-up process going on inside the church. Rev. Canon Matthew Talarico, provincial Superior of the Institute in the United States, as well as some of the leading workers and community members, will also be available for interviews to mark this historic occasion.
For more information please contact Rev. Canon Matthew Talarico at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 973-590-6494.