February 9, 2013

Team Stone Bank

Posted in Bottineau, History, Photos, Roof, Updates tagged , at 12:59 pm by stonebankblog

Meet Fred, Bobbi and Joe.

Contractor. Architect. Stone Mason.

Fred Kainz, Bobbi Hepper Olson and Joe Whetter

Know-how, smarts and muscle are helping propel the Stone Bank project forward. That and the input of our generous donors, because without cash all the know-how can’t get it done.

They are helping us get it done on the Stone Bank.  We’ve got a lot to accomplish in 2013, putting a foundation under the back 20 feet of the building and then rebuilding that section. We have saved the stone and will reuse it for the facade. It is going to be SO COOL to have a working, snazzy building of hand-hewn stone on Main Street.

How do we know? Because Bobbi has done this before. Her architecture office operates out of an old stone bank building much like ours.  It’s inspiring to see it done and working in Buxton, ND.

We still need to raise the money to finish the roof over the rebuilt section. The cost of extending the new roof  is $4,000. Can you help? There’s a PayPal and a Razoo link on the right side of this page, and we are always ecstatic when someone takes the plunge. You won’t be sorry. In fact, your donation makes you a member of the Stone Bank family, and we are rock solid. So, thanks in advance.

If you see Fred, Bobbi or Joe, give ’em a wink and a nod and wish them well as they work to make this dream come true.

Thanks for reading the Stone Bank Blog.

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December 14, 2011

The Roof Yields a Clue

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The Stone Bank has been rather obtuse as we try to find its history. Available records are vague, pictures are rare and there is no cornerstone to tell us exactly when it was built. (Sometime before 1900.)

But our general contractor Fred Kainz found a clue in the rafters as he was dismantling a section of the roof.

It involves a flap of roofing tar paper and a row of 2×4’s at almost exactly the spot where the back of the building has begun to sink.

This is also where the nice stone foundation ends and the dugout part of the basement begins. Hmmm. This must be where an extension of the building was tacked on. Or stoned on.

Here’s a video of Fred describing the change in the roof.

December 7, 2011

Stone Bank’s New Top

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The weather cooperated — as much as the weather in North Dakota can (not much precipitation) — and Skinner Roofing reported today that they have completed work on the first 60 feet of the Stone Bank’s roof.

Tim Skinner also reported that they found a lot of problems under the old asphalt roof, and said that his crew “stepped through the roof in four or five spots.”

This part of the roof needed a little extra attention from the roofing crew. There were several places where the roofing was rotted through.

So, there will be a bill for extra time and materials, because the roofers made sure there was a solid foundation under the new roof.
Doesn’t it just look better?

The front 60 feet of the Stone Bank's roof is complete. The section of the building to the right of the chimney is being dismantled. When it is rebuilt next year, it will get a shiny new roof, too.

It is wonderful progress, but we a facing a cost overrun. If you are a Stone Bank supporter, your tax-deductible contribution will help pay for this lovely new roof.

December 5, 2011

Bad Roof — Good Roof

Posted in Roof tagged , at 12:22 am by stonebankblog

Following are pictures of the Stone Bank’s roof in a sort of “before and after” scenario. The “before” pictures were taken on July 12, 2011 — when our nonprofit was deciding to take on this project in earnest. The “after” pictures were taken Dec. 2, 2011, after two-days’ work by the crew from Skinner Roofing.

This shot (facing east) shows the Stone Bank's old asphalt roofing -- which was leaking all over the place.

In an effort to stem the flow of water into the rear of the Stone Bank, a volunteer used sandbags and a tarp to redirect the water. It helped a little.

It was a soft and gooey mess under the tarp. This is the section of the building being dismantled in the next couple of weeks.

The new view facing east, shows the new roof membrane mostly in place. Neat. Tidy. And no longer leaking.

The view looking west (toward the section of the building being dismantled). The membrane roof will be extended to that section, when it is rebuilt in 2012.

This expensive and necessary roofing work would not have been possible without a grant from the State Historical Society of North Dakota and a zero-percent loan from the Bottineau EDC.

Our thanks to Scott Wagar for these photos.

December 1, 2011

Up on the Roof (Day 2)

Posted in Roof tagged , , , , , , at 11:47 pm by stonebankblog

The roofing crew positioned a sheet of insulation atop the new plywood decking.

The roofers covered the Stone Bank's south parapet with insulation and plywood so the rubber membrane could be attached and put a stop to the water damage inside the stone walls.

The insulation is secured and the roof membrane is readied for installation.

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This is a view of the north parapet, from which the crumbling concrete cap was removed and roofers built a new frame to cover it.

Detail of the insulation layer and how it was fastened to the roof deck.

The Skinner Roofing crew made amazing progress in two days -- because they encountered some unexpected issues.

November 30, 2011

The roof and beyond

Posted in Roof at 4:22 pm by stonebankblog

The crew from Skinner Roofing checked out the Stone Bank roof on Wednesday.

Away with the ancient, leaking roof! And on with a new top for the Stone Bank.

The roofers arrived today to pull up the old roof.

After structural repairs are made, they will lay down and attach 6 inches of insulating foam and put a rubber T.O.P. membrane up there.

The seams of the membrane are heat-sealed — and thus, when the back 20 feet of the Stone Bank building are rebuilt — the rebuilt section’s roof can be attached to the new roof.

At right, behind the pallet, is the section of the roof that will NOT be repaired. Note the blue tarps on the far right, a makeshift effort to keep some water out of the building.

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Fixing the Stone Bank’s roof

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Even to the untrained eye, the water damage to the Stone Bank's parapets is obvious.

This part of the bank is going to be dismantled — but this photo shows what can happen when water does its thing with a roof … and stone … and mortar.

Today, Skinner Roofing is going to take the old roof off the front 60 feet of the Stone Bank and install insulation and a rubber membrane to keep the water out.

And that roof membrane is going to be wrapped up around the top of the parapet to keep the moisture out.

We are pleased, pleased, pleased to report this progress.

November 28, 2011

Roof woes

Posted in Roof tagged , , , at 1:05 pm by stonebankblog

Do you think it's time for a new roof? The answer seems obvious

Racing the weather, we are going to get the roof on the front 60 feet of the Stone Bank replaced this week.

Seriously, this isn’t happening a minute too soon. Water, snow, rain — whatever — is causing serious damage to the building’s interior and it is causing damage inside the stone walls.

So, this week, Skinner Roofing of Grand Forks will tear off the old asphalt roofing and install six inches of insulation (foam) and put a rubber roof over the top.

That means much better energy efficiency and no more leaks. Whoo-eee.

The rubber membrane will be pulled up over the parapet to hold out moisture. Eventually, we will have a new concrete cap installed along the parapet — but that’s for another time. Right now, our goal is to stop moisture from causing more damage.

This picture is what happened inside the back of the building from a leaking roof. That part of the structure is being dismantled.

Funny, we are dismantling and repairing simultaneously.