Facilities, Maintenance, Inventory
Restoration and Repair
Masonry is an incredibly durable, low-maintenance building material.
However, as facilities age, the application of timely, limited maintenance can significantly extend the life expectancy of any building. Life cycle cost is also reduced with the introduction of the economy afforded by timely, limited maintenance.
Many restoration firms employ a reactive approach to building maintenance. They attempt to control the scope and economy of the repair by doing too little, too late. We’re different.
At Seedorff Masonry, we focus on proactive solutions that begin with the education of your facilities management staff. We’ll identify the most vulnerable details on your new facility, outline symptomatic details that may demand attention, and discuss what to look for, and when to look for it. If you have an existing facility that is experiencing any form of distress, contact us for a good old fashioned house call. We’ll conduct a facilities maintenance inventory and write a prescription for repairs.
A review by the Seedorff team begins with a comprehensive inspection of your facility by one of our Estimators or Project Managers and an Area Superintendent. Through the application of their collective technical knowledge and practical experience, they will move beyond the symptoms that are present and identify the source of the problems. The prescription that they draft will address the issues causing the distress, establish a proposed scope of repairs, and create a budget. With that information in hand, we will work with you to formulate a plan that maximizes economy while also producing a long-term solution.
Included in our resumé is a variety of experience in the field of masonry restoration. Some of the larger undertakings have included the 1997 historic renovation of City Hall for the city of Sioux City. In 1999 and 2000, we restored the Iowa State Capitol Building in Des Moines. We’ve also delivered repair solutions on the grounds of the Iowa State fairgrounds as well as a variety of community churches, schools and municipal facilities.
The restoration Sioux City's City Hall involved the dismantling of two elevations of the existing structure, cataloging each individual piece of stone and reducing the effective bed depth of the original stone. Once this scope was complete, and following the erection of the new structure, the dismantled stone was precisely reassembled in its original location. Restoration at the Iowa State Capitol involved targeted demolition and replacement of Indiana limestone and spot restoration and pointing of the brownstone on the facility. Intricate hand-carved details added character as well as challenge to the scope of the project.
Although you may not have a State Capitol or a City Hall that requires attention, contact us for any of your needs relative to masonry restoration or repair. You may have efflorescence, cracking, spalling or even active moisture at the interior space of your facility. We can help.
We’ll inspect the condition of the masonry assembly and the related work that potentially impacts its performance. From that point we can identify the source or sources of the problem and suggest potential solutions. In most cases, we can assign a budget to each of the repair options and quantify for you the magnitude of the necessary repairs.
Since 1957, we have accumulated a variety of experience and seen hundreds, perhaps thousands, of different designs and construction techniques. We understand masonry and have a number of experts on staff that can create a plan to address your specific situation and craft an appropriate repair.
Green building (also known as green construction or sustainable building) refers to a comprehensive process that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. The Green Building practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort.
The common objective in the design and construction of green buildings is to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by:
Masonry lends itself perfectly to sustainable structures:
We are committed to sustainable means and methods, and we have a number of LEED Accredited Professionals on staff to assist with our effort to Build Better.