Complex stained glass restoration under way on Wisconsin Capitol Building

Work is under way at the Wisconsin State Capitol on an extensive $2.7 million, 14-month renovation to the skylights above the House and Senate chambers, along with the barrel vault skyline above the grand staircase and the panels in the rotunda dome.

September 17, 2013 |
Drew Ballensky

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Work is under way at the Wisconsin State Capitol on an extensive $2.7 million, 14-month renovation to the skylights above the House and Senate chambers, along with the barrel vault skyline above the grand staircase and the panels in the rotunda dome. An assessment by contractors Sharpe Enterprises and Conrad Schmitt Studios Inc. found considerable warping and buckling where the heavy glass has caused the lead framework to contort. In the rotunda, the vertical panels are bowing away from their spaces with a danger of them falling to the floor. The panels also do not have frames, but are resting directly on plaster.

The report says a few ad hoc repairs have been tried at least twice in the past, with copper tie-wires and reinforcing bars employed as temporary fixes. Some repairs took surprisingly rustic forms, including wedging scraps of wood between the panels and the wall to stop the slumping. Once documentation is completed, studio craftsman will strip away the lead cames, either repair or replace individual pieces of glass, and then rebuild the panels. They will also install steel frames to make it easier to remove the panels in the future and alleviate further buckling issues.

(http://www.capjournal.com/news/stained-glass-restoration-sheds-light-on-capitol-construction/article_0125cfd6-f5b8-11e2-b160-0019bb2963f4.html)

Drew Ballensky | Reconstruction Blog

Drew Ballensky is general manager of Duro-Last Roofing, Inc.’s central U.S. facility in Iowa and company spokesman for Duro-Last’s cool roofing, sustainability and architectural education programs. He is past-president of the Chemical Fabrics and Film Association and chairman of CFFA’s Vinyl Roofing Division. Drew earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from the University of Northern Iowa and master’s degree in business administration from Florida State University.
Drew has over 29 years experience in business and industry in various engineering and managerial capacities. He has worked in the U.S. and Canadian operations for a major international manufacturer of pre-engineered steel buildings, was a financial analyst with a major athletic apparel manufacturer and was an owner of a general contracting company.

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