MARCH 28, 2008
1) Photos of parapet rebuild by
mid-February, early March
& late March.
(See also photos taken of Education Building
third-floor roof at base of
church's Bell Tower).
See separate web-page about
a base station:
It may be 3rd quarter of 2008 before this is installed: note it will include lightning protection.
On 6/16/2007 an 18" by 24" chunk of concrete fell from the parapet wall at
the top of the bell tower, striking the parish hall roof and cracking a
support beam, before falling to ground near a sidewalk. See
concrete damage taken from inside the parapet, and from the street.
Claim #13420 was filed by Church
of the Redeemer with the
Church Pension Group in Dallas.
The contact person was Eugenia Peterson, (800) 223-5705 extension 3
The assigned Claim Adjuster was Alan Ruscher of
Crawford & Company, who in turn engaged
Consultants to prepare an "Engineers
Report" <-- click link for 9 MB PDF file. (This was done
in July 2007, but no copy was provided back then to Church of the
Estimates were received from two firms, and
contract was awarded to
Construction. Talley provided two estimates, one to replace
with concrete, the other with lighter "EIFS".
(Estimators Danny Carr & Mark Lawton copied both estimates to the church late
Church Pension Group
and Adjuster questioned whether "EIFS" will withstand lightning. Perhaps the question should be: is there
in place and is the protection adequate?
Evaluation Reports on EIFS
manufacturers are available:
Note per Wikipedia entry on EIFS:
"The use of EIFS is regulated by the
building codes. However, since EIFS is a relatively new
type of wall cladding, many codes do not refer to EIFS
by name. EIFS is generally regulated by Evaluation
Reports ("ER's") which are technical reports issued
by code agencies for a specific product. The ER's
go into great detail about how a specific EIFS product
can be used. The primary source of ER's in the USA is
the Evaluation Services division of the International
Code Council. Copies of ER's for specific EIFS products
can be downloaded from
Since over $30,000 worth of rental scaffolding
activity was needed, whichever of the two repair methods is used, Talley
received $38,000 to get this part of the work started.
Alan Ruscher was on vacation for a week &
returned Monday Dec 10. Eugenia Patterson was on vacation that week, but authorized Bob Andrew to talk directly with Alan,
and through him with NLC structural engineer Greg Gibbs. An outstanding
issue in the report still not yet dealt with is NLC's recommendation to
consult a concrete restoration expert for options.
Quoting from page three of the
Engineer's report (liability
emphasis in bold by Bob Andrew)
"It is outside the scope of this inspection to determine the cause of
the concrete deterioration, but there is now a danger of pieces of
concrete falling from high places on the building wall and injuring a
person who may be standing below. Loose pieces should be dislodged in a
controlled manner rather than be allowed to fall on their own. The
exposed reinforcing rods will rust and expand, making the situation
worse. A concrete restoration expert should be consulted for repair