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Friday May 8th, 2015

Posted at 2:53pm

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Long awaited repairs to the Paul Martin Building in downtown Windsor are coming.

The Government of Canada says that following an engineering review of repair options, they estimate that project costs will be $6 million.

Originally officials estimated repair costs of $19 million for the facade; however, during the process of examining options for rehabilitation, they developed an equally effective methodology with a substantially reduced cost. They discovered that carrying out rehabilitation to the same structural and aesthetic standard, while preserving heritage aspects, was possible by replacing spackled stone panels in situ and resealing the stone joints with a flexible synthetic compound. This method will reduce the total rehabilitation cost by 70%.

The project will entail replacing mortar between facade blocks, repairing the spalled limestone facade and addressing the steel brackets that support the stone facade. Following industry and stakeholder consultations, it has become clear that these repairs will be necessary to help facilitate the divestiture of the building.

They plan to continues to consult on the divestiture of the building, and that any potential future divestiture will not move federal employees out of the downtown core.

The tender for the project is expected to be posted in September 2015, with construction completed in summer 2016. Upon completion of construction, the existing hoarding and protective mesh are anticipated to be removed.

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