1) Photos of parapet
rebuild by Talley/Orlando in
& 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
for 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
photos of 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
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
Group and Adjuster questioned whether "EIFS" will withstand lightning.
Perhaps the question should be: is there
protection in place and is the
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