[Photos by Mark Foster - For Shaw Media]
[The Batavia City Hall building, more than a century old, is getting 96 new windows in a $1.1 million project that also includes tuckpointing.]
BATAVIA – Workers are replacing all 96 windows on the Batavia City Hall building in a $1.1 million project to renovate the historic structure.
Originally scheduled to be a two-year project, the work is now expected to be completed by the end of this year, city staff members Kevin Maloney and John Dillon said.
General contractor Schramm Construction Corp. of St. Charles started the work last month on the east face of the building along the Fox River. The project includes tuckpointing the building’s masonry, replacement of about half the exterior limestone window sills, and new shades for all of the windows.
Maloney is the building maintenance supervisor for the city. Dillon is the retired Batavia water and sewer division superintendent, hired back part-time specifically to help oversee City Hall renovations.
The two men said the work has been proceeding smoothly and that the biggest challenge will come with the August sun beating on the limestone. Above each window is an arch made of bricks, and all of these are being tuckpointed, too.
The window openings between the limestone slabs are large, most at 5-feet-wide by 7-feet-tall.
BCB Carpentry of Batavia, a subcontractor for the project, is installing the framing. First a rough frame is attached to the stone, before the actual window frame is installed, with double-paned, energy-efficient Andersen-brand glass, followed by the final wood trim, all atop a new interior sill made of a composite material.