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SPENCER BUILDING CONSERVATION

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SPENCER BUILDING CONSERVATION

Project Update

West Wall

The disruptive work on the west wall is now complete. We have successfully installed all of the new windows and tenants should notice a difference in thermal comfort and sound transmission.

Stucco coat is almost complete and have started applying the final paint coat. We anticipate this phase to be completed by late April 2017.

South Wall

Pressure washing of the south wall is now complete and all coatings from the bricks and cast stone elements have been removed.

Window installation of this phase is now complete. We are moving ahead with remaining repairs to the ornamental bands, niches, headers and shields. The final coating application has commenced. We are still on target to have the south wall completed by late May with scaffold dismantling to follow.

East Wall

Pressure washing and pinning has commenced on the east wall. We anticipate window replacement to begin mid-May 2017. Scaffold install is now complete.

Background

Last summer, Harbour Centre Complex Limited embarked on a project to conserve the historic Spencer Building.

A trial repair revealed that age, weather, and corrosion had taken a significant toll on the building. The cast stone, brick masonry, stucco, and windows were showing varying degrees of damage and were in need of attention in order to preserve the long-term performance of the building and improve tenant comfort.

About the Building

The building was constructed in 1926 and was designed by McCarter & Nairne, architects of the Marine Building. To coincide with the Spencer Building’s 90th Anniversary, Harbour Centre is investing in an ambitious conservation project to ensure that this significant heritage building can be enjoyed for generations to come.

About the Project

As part of the project, the building’s exterior is being refurbished. On the south, east, and north sides of the building, the exterior brick masonry, cast stone, and windows are being inspected and restored, rehabilitated, or replaced as required. A proactive rainscreen rehabilitation is being conducted on the stucco-clad west elevation. Great care is being taken to preserve the heritage character defining elements of the building.

Project Communication

We want to work closely with our tenants to minimize the impact of this work that is needed to preserve this heritage building.

We are committed to providing regular information updates as the work progresses. Information will be sent directly to tenant contacts and will be posted on our website.

For more history on the Spencer Building , please click here.