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  Gasson Hall Topping Off Celebration

August, 2008: On August 29th, President Leahy, administrators, workers and project consultants joined to celebrate the Topping Off of the Gasson Hall Tower at Boston College. The event was organized by Phoenix Bay State Construction, preservation masonry contractors for the project, and culminated with the setting of the final cast stone cross at the top of the tower. The topping off concluded Phase I which involved a comprehensive repair of the 100 year old gothic tower as well as cleaning and re-pointing of the puddingstone. Forty feet of the tower was removed to replace deteriorated back-up brick masonry. Back-up masonry was replaced with reinforced concrete before installing 40 feet of new cast stone. Most of the cast stone throughout the tower was replaced due its advanced deteriorating stage. Every stone was measured and draw. Over 400 unique shapes were documented on the tower out of 2,400 units. Individual units were removed, photographed and sent to the cast stone fabricators BPDL in Canada. Incredible craftsmanship was demonstrated in setting and replicating the appearance of the cast stone as it originally appeared in 1913.  
Boston College’s project manager, Jake Mycofsky provided overall leadership throughout all phases of the project and coordinated with building uses allowing a major restoration project on an occupied building to be completed on time. McGinley Kalsow & Associates lead the team of consultants and masons that worked in the project for the last year and a half. Phoenix Bay Sate Construction was both the general contractor and preservation masonry contractor. LeMessurier Consultants, structural engineers, Building and Monument Conservation, stone conservators, and BPDL, Cast Stone Fabricators, are some of the many consultants that have contributed to the success of the project. Phase 2 will restore the rest of the building and provide handicap access to the building.
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