Efflorescence is a common occurrence and is not a cause for immediate concern on its own. However, it can be an indication of underlying moisture issues or water intrusion, which can lead to more significant problems if not properly addressed. Proper identification and management of efflorescence are essential to prevent potential long-term damage to the building materials and maintain the aesthetics and structural integrity of the surfaces.
What to do if you suspect efflorescence on your building
Situated in the small town of Decorah, Iowa, the seat of Winneshiek County’s governance has stood tall and proud for over 100 years, and BRC is working to restore the historic courthouse.
A showcase of the BRC Sheet Metal Shop’s skill, our team restored a 114 year old dome and Lady Justice statue on top of the Jackson County Courthouse last summer.
What a great week! The Madison Trust for Historic Preservation gave an award for the Gates of Heaven Project in Madison, Wisconsin. BRC-Madison worked closely with the owner, City of Madison, and architect, InSite Architects, LLC, while completing the masonry restoration portion of the project.
See all the winners at the Madison Trust’s Website.
The Madison Branch of Building Restoration Corporation has been awarded the 2022 Historic Preservation Award from the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation. Our Madison branch won for their work on the 159-year-old Gates of Heaven Synagogue.
See all the winners at the Madison Trust’s Website.
The Building Restoration Corporation restoration of Bowman Hall at University of Wisconsin, Stout won the 2020 Associated Builders and Contractors, Minnesota and North Dakota, Eagle And Innovation Award.
See all the winners at the ABC MN/ND website.
The Building Restoration Corporation restoration of the Mayo Clinic Plummer Building has won the 2020 MCMCA Excellence Award. The Minnesota Concrete & Masonry Contractors Association awarded this project the excellence award in the Masonry Healthcare category.
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The Building Restoration Corporation 2018 Guardian Building restoration was featured in an article published in the Rethos (Preservation Alliance of Minnesota) magazine. This project was nominated for the 2019 Minnesota Preservation Awards.
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BRC has received the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota Honor Award for our work completed on the Waldmann Brewery & Wurstery in Saint Paul. The scope of work completed by BRC was tuckpointing, reconstruction of stone walls, and individual stone replacement.
The building was constructed in 1857 — six months before Minnesota became a state, nearly four years before the Civil War began, and at a time when less than 10,000 people lived in Saint Paul. It is the oldest surviving commercial building in the Twin Cities and is designated as an official Saint Paul Heritage Preservation Site.
Many of our employees have been asking about using headphones while working. Normal headphones are not safe to use as most of our job sites require ear protection. Safety Director Chris Towle has found OSHA and ANSI approved ear bud headphones that are safe to use in a loud construction environment. Please talk with your foreman about when it is appropriate to use headphones on a job site.
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Building Restoration Corporation is excited to begin 2018 with recognition from the Finance and Commerce 2017 Reader Rankings. BRC was selected by readers as the “Best Restoration Company.” Thank you to the Finance and Commerce readers who voted. We will continue to strive towards offering the best masonry restoration services in the Midwest in 2018.
The restoration project at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Minneapolis has reached new heights. In order to get a lift into the courtyard of the church, a crane had to hoist the lift up and over the building and place it in the courtyard.
Project Highlight: Lakewood Cemetery – Minneapolis, MN
Project Manager: Mark Bailey | Foreman: Dustin Thiel
The BRC crew at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis is hard at work on this exterior restoration. The project scope includes tuckpointing, acid washing, individual stone replacement, re-caulking, waterproofing, control joint installation, and sheet metal work.
The restoration at Lakewood Cemetery is not just a dead-end job. People are literally dying to see it and with thousands of people staying at the cemetery, we haven’t had one single complaint!
Bonstone Materials Certificate of Achievement
A team from BRC recently attended a construction fabrication and restoration product training by Bonstone Materials Corporation. Building Restoration Corporation is always pushing to improve and utilize cutting edge technology and techniques to best serve our clients. Building Restoration Corporation provides the Midwest a multitude of masonry restoration services including:
- Tuckpointing | Mortar Repair
- Sealant Replacement | Caulking
- Masonry Cleaning | Chemical Cleaning
- Thru-wall Flashing
- Building Evaluation
- Sheet Metal Design
BRC employee Tony Selle recently won a 99 mile classic snowmobile race. The sleds competing in the race were all from 1976 or earlier and had to have stock 1 cylinder engines and suspensions. The course was 99 miles long with 33 -3 mile laps with a lot of turns. While many other sleds died along the course and had to be towed, Tony persevered and finished first.
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Safety Day 2017 was a huge success. Safety is a cornerstone at BRC and this training will go a long way in reducing injuries out in the field. Respirator training, emergency planning, and hands-on swing stage training made the day interactive and informative.
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John Felton, Vice President BRC, was interviewed by Construction Executive on historic building restoration. Construction Executive is a national publication reaching over 50,000 contractors and construction-related business owners.
BRC is proud to have helped the Beltrami Neighborhood Council with the construction of the new timber frame picnic pavilion at Beltrami Park. BRC Shop Manager Matt Yarbrough was kind enough to volunteer his time to operate a forklift and help with the construction of the pavilion.
BRC places a high value on our community and recently had the opportunity to help with renovations at the Dodge Nature Center. BRC Metal Shop Manager Dan McPhillips graciously donated his time to help build new eye-catching information kiosks for the center. These two new kiosks help welcome visitors to the Dodge Nature Center and provide information about the center.