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Location: Cincinnati, OH
Schedule: February 2018 – May 2019
Type: MasonryFaçade Restoration
Client: United States Postal Service

Built in 1933 by the famed architecture firm Samuel Hannaford & Sons (the same that gave Cincinnati both City and Music Hall), the Cincinnati Post Office on Dalton Avenue has been a part of the city’s rich history for nearly a century. The Art Deco-style building with a bold stone façade was meticulously restored on the north, west, and south elevations for a total of approximately 225,000 SF.

Check out the video documenting mid-way through the process.

This facility serves as the Cincinnati Processing and Distribution Center and handles mail for 51 counties: 34 in Ohio, 12 in Kentucky, and 5 in Indiana. All repairs were performed
while this bustling center maintained daily operations. The nearly $7MM scope included:

  • Replacement of 5,000 SF of Berea sandstone panels, each weighing about 800 lbs per piece.
  • Stone patching for remaining deteriorated Berea sandstone panels.
  • Cleaning of the 68,000 SF facade. 100% replacement of historic windows on all elevations.
  • Replacing stone involved carefully coordinating removal, stocking and setting procedures that occurred 95 feet in the air above an active loading dock.
  • Tuckpointing of all existing stone masonry joints.
  • Installation of helifix anchors throughout entire facade. These anchors help secure existing Berea sandstone that remained where prior steel anchors had deteriorated and rusted away.
  • New stone window header replacement throughout.
  • New steel lintel installation at various openings to reinforce where former structure deteriorated and failed.
  • Restoration of granite stone at base of facade around perimeter of building.
  • Stone consolidation application over all 68,000 SF.

SSRG brought in general contractor HGC Construction to lead the large-scale window replacement.

See images of the work in progress.

Exterior USPS Cincinnati headquarters
Exterior USPS Cincinnati headquarters during construction
Exterior USPS Cincinnati headquarters
Exterior USPS Cincinnati headquarters
Exterior USPS Cincinnati headquarters, during construction
Exterior USPS Cincinnati headquarters
Exterior USPS Cincinnati headquarters
Exterior USPS Cincinnati headquarters
Exterior USPS Cincinnati headquarters

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