15. September 2011 · Comments Off on September 15, 2011 · Categories: Construction Update

The last few weeks have been quite productive. The siding on the north wall and the northwest corner is finished and looks great! The old roof on the rear addition had deteriorated beyond repair and was structurally unsound. Our crew built a new roof, raising it 8″ to accommodate 6′ of headroom. The roof is on and work is beginning on the west wall.

18. July 2011 · Comments Off on Work Continues Thoughout the Summer · Categories: Construction Update

It is shaping up to be a very busy summer for the Red Antiquities Building! Phase 1 of Construction on the Red Antiquities Building is complete!

The Red Antiquities Building is back on its new foundation, increasing the usable space from 2800 square feet to 4200 square feet. Much work has been done to get the building to this point.

The two chimneys were removed, the house was raised and stabilized and moved back to allow for the excavation of the basement. The bricks from the old foundation were carefully cleaned and stored to be reused on the façade of the new foundation.

Concrete footings and walls were poured and twin beams, steel beams and columns were installed and then the house was carefully moved back and lowered on the new foundation. Finally, the new concrete basement floor was poured.

Throughout the summer, Phase 2 will involve removal and restoration of the exterior boards, priming and painting of siding, chimney restoration, and installation of sheathing, vapour barrier and sealing of the building envelope. The windows will be refinished and restored.

Pathways Skill Development and Heritage London Foundation are thrilled with the progress. It is thanks to your generosity that this project continues to be a success. We sincerely appreciate your support.

19. May 2011 · Comments Off on Phase 1 of Construction is Complete! · Categories: Construction Update

Finally, the Red Antiquities Building is back on its new foundation, increasing the usable space from 2800 square feet to 4200 square feet. Much work has been done to get the building to this point.

Since the beginning of the construction project in February, the two chimneys have been removed, the house was raised and stabilized and moved back to allow for the excavation of the basement. The bricks from the old foundation were carefully cleaned and stored to be reused on the façade of the new foundation.

Concrete footings and walls were poured and twin beams, steel beams and columns were installed and then the house was carefully moved back and lowered on the new foundation.

Throughout the summer, Phase 2 will involve removal and restoration of the exterior boards, pouring of the concrete floor, chimney restoration, and installation of sheathing, vapor barrier and sealing of the building envelope. The windows will be refinished and restored.

Pathways Skill Development and Heritage London Foundation are thrilled with the progress. It is thanks to the continuous support from the project volunteers, corporate and individual donors and the JCP employees that this project continues to be a success.

02. May 2011 · Comments Off on Foundation for the Future · Categories: Construction Update

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May 2, 2011

London, ON – The basement has been excavated and the concrete foundation poured. Twin beams and steel columns have been installed in preparation for the house to be lowered on the foundation.  Moving day is Tuesday, May 3rd. Throughout the day tomorrow, the house will be slid forward and then carefully lifted to be placed back to its original position.

The new basement will increase the usable space of the RAB to 4200 square feet. Once the building is back in place, construction work will begin to restore and renovate the exterior envelope of the house. Paul Hubert, Executive Director of Pathways Skill Development and Placement Centre, is pleased with the progress. “We are ahead of schedule, bringing us closer to completing the first phase of construction. The community interest has been outstanding. There is much work ahead.”

The campaign goal to fund the project is $250,000 with support from corporations, foundations and individual donors. Fundraising efforts will continue over the next several months to ensure completion of the project.

30. March 2011 · Comments Off on Building Lift-off! · Categories: Construction Update

The Red Antiquities Building is lifting off. Located at 129-131 Wellington Street, lift off will happen Wednesday, March 30th around 12 noon. Construction workers have stabilized the building in preparation for it to be moved off of its old, crumbling foundation.  It will be slid on massive I Beams back 60 feet on the building’s property. Excavation of the new basement and foundation will then proceed.

In order to get to this point of the restoration, a lot of work has been done. The chimneys have both been removed and the interior of the building has been documented. Portions of the wallpaper have been removed and preserved under the direction of Keith Bantock, Fine Art Conservator and Laurence Grant, Curator.

Pathways Skill Development and Heritage London Foundation are happy to see the continued progress of the project. Paul Hubert, Executive Director of Pathways Skill Development states “This dramatic move sets the stage for a solid future foundation. Much of the work will be done by construction workers enhancing their skills to return to the job market.”

The campaign goal to fund the project is $250,000 with support from corporations, foundations and individual donors. Fundraising efforts will continue over the next several months to ensure completion of the project. For more information visit us at www.redantiquitiesbuilding.com or on Facebook at “Back from the Brink”.