Building Science - Masonry Investigations & Restorations

  • Stonework
  • Brick Cladding
  • Heritage

Project Case Studies

  • Victoria Woolen Mill

    Almonte, Ontario

    The Victoria Woolen Mill, a six-storey heritage stone masonry and timber building, was constructed in 1863 and operated as a carding mill for over a hundred years. Subsequently converted to retail and commercial use. A more recent conversion to condominium use on the upper floors required rehabilitation and modernization to satisfy code occupancy requirements including the addition of an elevator to serve all levels.

    The objective was to produce an attractive residential building highlighting the many heritage stone and timber elements, rehabilitation of building envelope, and the preparation of a detailed report identifying a 30 year plan for maintaining the building.

  • Montfort Hospital, Masonry Investigation

    Ottawa, Ontario

    The original Montfort Hospital was constructed in the early 1950’s to serve the French population of eastern Ottawa and Ontario. As part of their last major expansion project and also as part of the ongoing maintenance, Cleland Jardine Engineering Ltd has carried out several masonry investigations and restoration projects at the Hospital.

  • Confederation Building – Review of heritage masonry

    Ottawa, Ontario

    Cleland Jardine Engineering Ltd assisted an international architectural firm with the condition survey of the Confederation Building exterior masonry. This historic building was constructed between 1927 and 1931 and is an example of gothic revival architecture. The building forms part of parliament hill and is utilized as offices for members of parliament as well as other civil servants.

    A visual survey of the exterior was performed to verify the masonry’s condition and the impact of supporting structural steel framing in order to provide the client with a understanding the building’s current condition, repair strategies and limitations. The investigation involved a complete visual survey of the building’s exterior using a personnel basket suspended from a crane as well the coordination and investigation of exploratory openings via scaffolding. Research of historical documentation was performed to provide a current evaluation of the building.