Challenge: The most challenging aspect of this project was fabrication of the steel framing along the upper roof level that inevitably supports the new 25' flagpole. In addition, the tapestry brick detail was deteriorating and required restoration.
Solution: A pipe frame scaffolding system containing a hoist system was constructed along the interior from grade up to the underside of the structural wood deck system. The new steel framing was fabricated and set in place. The exterior tapestry brick detail was accented with black Kiem paint that aesthetically defines the tower's beauty. Paragon fabricated and installed new finials which were set at the top of the stair tower and roof peak. Restoration techniques were applied to the existing bluestone, brownstone and granite. All facades were completely cleaned.
Work Performed: Historic Exterior Masonry Restoration; Masonry Repairs; Pavers/Pedestal Installation; Steel Fabrication; Cleaning Procedures; Wood Restoration; Slate Roofing, Skylight Fabrication; Window Restoration; Doors, Flagpole, Lightening Protection; New Lighting System
Challenge: Our first phase of work consisted of performing stabilization throughout the Hospital and Administration Building. Our challenge was that of the elimination of a long history of water infiltration throughout the structure.
Solution: We repaired deficiencies noted throughout the roof and gutter systems and ridge cap details were replaced. We encapsulated a roof opening where one time a dormer/skylight structure existed. All inactive chimney structures were permanently capped and fabricated. Corrugated canopy structures were provided at the basement step locations.
Work Performed: Historic Exterior Masonry Restoration; Structural Stabilization Procedures; Restoration of the Roof and Gutter Systems
Reflections: Paragon Restoration was honored and proud to be involved with the restoration of Ellis Island. The highlight of our involvement was "Ellis Island Day", where volunteers from all over the country came to pitch in and clean up the island along with restoring some of the old facade brick details throughout the building's envelope. Paragon guided the volunteers by demonstrating cleaning and preservation methods that should be utilized to restore brick masonry units for future use.