Crossroads Uptown / Old Saint George
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Schedule: May 2015 – August 2016
Type of Project: Historic Preservation , Facade & Building Envelope 
Client: Model Group 
Architect: Platte Design 
Engineer: Advantage Group Engineering 
Old Saint George, a former Roman Catholic Church, was constructed in 1873. The steeples caught fire in 2008 and were destroyed. SSRG performed exterior elevation cleaning , as well as brick masonry restoration and replacement  on this historic building  as part of the large-scale renovation that converted the historic structure into the Crossroads Uptown Campus.
The full restoration of Old Saint George was handed by many contractors. SSRG performed 24,000 SF of exterior elevation cleaning, full re-pointing of brick masonry, stone repair and nearly 2,500 deteriorated brick replacement. The 100′ tall south bell towers posed a challenge to the SSRG team. In order to effectively remove the carbon buildup on the facade, SSRG utilized a 150′ boom lift and Diedrich’s Envirostore 101 to clean both charred towers. The buildup melted away, leaving the historic facade shining through.
SSRG also repaired and reinforced  both the friary and chapel roof by installing significant steel and wood to the structure. Reinforcement of the heavy timber trusses posed significant challenges, which were met with creative solutions. In the end, our world-class team completed this work quickly and cost-effectively.