The pictures below are from February 28th, 2018, at Dixon High School.
Picture 1 - This is the bird’s eye view of the interior of the North East turret. The debris shown is from the removal of the cast stone and brick on the exterior of the turret section.
Picture 2 - Shows an up close view of some of the cast stone and the deterioration from almost 90 years of weather. All of these areas will be replaced over the next several months.
Picture 3 - This is a picture of the tower section with the exterior brick removed. The interior brick will also be removed down to about the height of the roof and will then be built bake up to it’s original size. All of the cast stone will be replaced with new stone and will look identical to the view prior to the beginning of the work.
Picture 4 - Shows a detailed drawing of masonry repairs for a section of the building.
Picture 5 - The lintel above the window in the tower section shows signs of damage and rust. All Lintels above the windows will be replaced as part of the exterior masonry repairs.
Picture 6 - To ensure the tower gets put back to exact look that everyone is familiar with, the workers from Otto Baum Masonry Restoration review intricate details of drawings and take exacting measurements prior to deconstruction. The picture shown is just one of dozens of sheets showing the sections of the tower. As the cast stones are removed, they are labeled, numbered, and then sent down to the ground in order to start the replication process with new cast stones.
Picture 7 - Showing the tools of the trade, is a small fraction of items used to work on the tower section. Workers from Otto Baum (shown in picture 8) are manually taking down the tower section brick by brick. The mason uses an electric jack hammer equipped with a vacuum system to control the dust. A laborer will load canvas bags filled with the debris over to the winch area. Another laborer runs the bag full of debris down to a waiting laborer who then transfers the materials to a bucket on the Lull and finally dumps the bucket into a waiting truck.
Picture 8 - Some of the cracking in cast stone and brick area in turret on South East Corner. These cracks were not visible from the ground and could only be seen once the scaffolding was erected around the tower section of DHS.
Final note* The weather has been cooperating for the work to be done on the tower and the work is on schedule. Completion of the removal of the tower should be completed in approximately 2 weeks if the weather continues to cooperate. The installation of the new tower sections will continue shortly after removal is complete. The final tower work is expected to be completed in August or September 2018.
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