Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Good Riddance To Bad Chimneys

Chuck Pukanecz sent the following update this morning

"I just got really good news from Luca at DPK&A (our architectural firm). He just received verbal approval from the historical commission that we can proceed to remove the two defunct chimneys, one on the north side and one on the south side, that project through the Nave roof. This is important for three reasons:

1) The chimneys are made of exposed brick and are in very bad condition. One is leaning badly and they would have needed serious work to shore them up. One falling on the new roof could have caused serious damage, not to mention if it had fallen the other way.

2) Any penetration through a roof is a potential leak. The flashing and overlap system of our new EPDM roof would minimize that, but not having the chimneys there eliminates a lot of work.

3) The chinmeys rose through the side wall that holds the new trusses. Their location would have necessitated shifting several trusses out of position, not a big deal with our new 1" thick roof sheathing that can safely span 4 feet. But this will make for a much cleaner and safer installation.

Luca at DPK&A has finished some revised drawings and we should be receiving written approval from the historical commission shortly. Work to bring the chimney's down will begin immediately, taking them down to the level of the top of the masonry walls under the trusses"