New brick work, roof planned for Swanson Building

It might look like the Swanson Building got one heck of a haircut or lost half a floor after recent demolition work, but everything is proceeding according to schedule the building contractor said…

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t might look like the Swanson Building got one heck of a haircut or lost half a floor after recent demolition work, but everything is proceeding according to schedule the building contractor said.

Hebron contractor Paul Getty said his crew finished early on Thursday afternoon taking off the last of the loose bricks in preparation for the installation of trusses for the building’s new roof.

Getty said the men had taken several 30-yard dumpsters full of various kinds of debris from the site since starting work and were sure be taking many more away before everything was finished. To say nothing of the dumpsters removed prior to the start of his portion of the job.

Paul Swanson, who bought the building along with business partner Tim Viega, has been taking the bricks removed form the site to his Hebron farm and separating them for recycling, Getty said. Those bricks will return to the site later to be installed a fascia on the outside of the upper floor. “We won’t be going that wide when they go back up,” Getty said.

The building has already been framed-in on the inside of the top floor and a new decking has been put down for the workers to walk on. Due to the building being as old as it is, Getty said substantial work has gone into leveling and squaring everything up.

Getty plans to frame up the walls from the inside and then attach the trussed to the sill plate and build the roof.

The remaining bricks are solidly in place, he said, and after some work to make everything level, the sill plate will be bolted down and soon afterwards trusses will be swung into place by crane.

Only later will he return and use the recycled bricks to face the outside of the structure. “It’ll really look like something in a week or two,” Getty said. By then trusses should be flying high over the building.

“We’re going to put it back just like it used to be, with those hips and everything,” he said gesturing towards Main Street. Those ‘hips’ are the two roof features which used to face Main Street. Only empty space remains at this point. The wall between the ‘hips’ remains standing sticking up like a first tooth in a giant child’s mouth. The wall, complete with windows that are still open, is braced up with heavy supports, waiting for the time when Getty can build walls back around to meet the partial wall.

Getty said the occasional road closures should be stopped for a week or two as the crew prepares for the trusses. Motorists are reminded the detour around the Church Street closure moves off of Church Street into the municipal parking lot before continuing around the back of the lot and reconnecting to Main Street near the new home of Country Horizon Realty.

 

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