Capital Campaign Update - Fall 2019
Copper Shop Floors Restored; Window and Walls will Complete the Building’s Restoration
We are proud to report that Phase II of the Copper Shop’s restoration was completed in June, thanks in large part to the support of Erie County, New York State, the John R. Oishei Foundation, and Moog. The project entailed restoring the floors and updating the building’s mechanical systems. Prior to this work, the floors were deteriorating quickly, with cracks, crumbling, and settling throughout the building. This phase involved the replacement of cracked and unsafe concrete slab throughout the building; removal of maple flooring in the west wing and replacement of subfloor and hardwood; reconfiguration of the northwest side of the west wing and removal of a 1960s fireplace in the north wing to be more historically accurate; addition of an accessible bathroom; updated boiler and plumbing systems; and tying all electrical to the Power House building.
Phase III will be the final phase of the Copper Shop’s restoration, in which we will rebuild the walls and restore or replace all of the building’s windows. As with the floors, the walls and windows of this 117-year-old building are in dire need of restoration. Loose and crumbling plaster poses a safety risk, and climate control within the building has become extremely difficult and expensive due to heat loss. In addition to rebuilding the walls, we will need to install helical piles to support at least one wall in the north wing. We expect to begin this phase in 2020 and complete it over four years, as funding allows. The total cost for this final stage of restoration is expected to be $1.2 million.