In conjunction with the Greater Essex County District School Board, Fortis Group embarked on a meticulous Heritage Designated renovation project, marked by methodical precision and respect for historical significance.
The initial phase encompassed a deliberate process of abating and dismantling existing walls and roof, adhering to stringent protocols. This deliberate deconstruction set the stage for a comprehensive reconstruction, executed with a blend of traditional craftsmanship and modern engineering.Integral to the restoration was the creation of a new timber wood roof structure featuring TPO roofing for enhanced durability. Furthermore, the project entailed erecting new metal stud walls adorned with sleek aluminum accents, ensuring the fusion of historical context with contemporary aesthetics.
Amidst these technical achievements, the project celebrated heritage by reintegrating 80,000 salvaged bricks from the original building. The meticulous reinstallation of these bricks, each resonating with history, encapsulates the essence of the structure’s origins. Notably, the restoration extended to reviving a towering 100-foot-high chimney stack and preserving elements from a former card-cutting machine.
Phase 1 of the project is a testament to our construction expertise and a tribute to the past. Fortis Group is privileged to contribute to this narrative, where heritage and modernity intertwine harmoniously and where the journey of rejuvenation paves the path for educational excellence.