Location: Columbus, OH Schedule: May 2018 – November 2018 Type: Masonry, Façade Restoration Client: First Congregational The First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, has been has been in downtown Columbus for 160 years. While their sense of community is as strong as ever, their 1931 historic church building needed a little attention. SSRG was contracted to perform comprehensive masonry restoration to the facade. The project included re-pointing and cleaning 7,000 SF of black, rough-faced granite. Steel reinforcement had deteriorated at window heads, causing imminent failure in various locations. SSRG removed the stone heads and corroded steel, then installed new steel lintels, flashing, and re-laid the salvaged stone. Chimney restoration, joint sealants, and historic window restoration were also part of the project. Bovard Studio out of Iowa were engaged to complete the window restoration. All window units were removed, dismantled, and reassembled with new parts and pieces to bring them back to life. All work was completed while the church maintained its daily operations, and SSRG placed the greatest emphasis on ensuring the safety of all.