Stuart Dean, an international provider of renowned architectural restoration services, recently completed a multi-faceted restoration project at the Eliot Church in Newton, Massachusetts, an initiative that has returned many of the structure's key architectural elements to their original 19th-century condition.
The month-long initiative involved the careful removal and re-installation of church pews; asbestos abatement; and metal, stone and wood restoration in a sanctuary that dates back to 1845.
"Stuart Dean's full-service, hands-on approach to a restoration project such as this became invaluable to the Eliot Church. Our team took ownership of all of the moving parts, which meant that the church did not need to hire a general contractor," said Mark Parrish, president and CEO of Stuart Dean. "Because of this, members of the church's facilities commission had peace of mind knowing that the job would be completed safety, effectively and on time, even though our team only had about a month to get everything done."
Workers began by carefully removing and storing the church's existing sanctuary pews so that teams could remove and abate the asbestos-laden floor tiles. To ensure the safety of church employees who were working nearby during the project, Stuart Dean hired a safety engineering company to test the tile and mastic for asbestos and performed air monitoring services throughout the restoration. Once the new tile had been installed, Stuart Dean oversaw the restoration of the hardwood floors in the organ/choir area and performed the detailed restoration work on the bluestone floor in the entrance vestibule and the hardware on the cast-iron bronze doors. After all work was completed, workers returned the pews to their exact position within the sanctuary.
Stuart Dean coordinated all scheduling throughout the project and managed the various subcontractors, which included the safety consultant engineer, the tile and asbestos removal company, the tile installation contractors and the company that refinished the hardwood floors.
"Today, current and prospective members of the Eliot Church of Newton enter the sanctuary and see a bright, beautifully restored house of worship that now boasts much of its original beauty," added Parrish.
Stuart Dean repairs damage to architectural assets and restores surfaces at centuries-old buildings and newly constructed facilities with minimal interruption to business. The company's advanced processes and products restore natural stone and other architectural appointments and protect surfaces from staining and deterioration caused by environmental contamination and everyday use. Stuart Dean's expertise includes metal refinishing; stone polishing, cleaning and protection; wood refinishing; glass restoration; innovative and sustainable grouts and flooring solutions; and curtain wall and facade restoration.
Stuart Dean's vast experience gained during more than 80 years in business enables the company to provide unique solutions to costly maintenance challenges, including cost-effective restoration programs that are custom-designed by the most skilled, knowledgeable and safety-conscious technicians in the industry.
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