Although the building was renovated in 2006, there were several major projects that our funding did not cover, and other areas that have since needed attention. This fundraising effort is focused primarily on exterior improvements such as:
New Retaining Walls
Despite the name of Pleasant Plains for this neighborhood, the buildings on our block sit several stories above ground level. Our building has two large retaining walls in front spanning 80 feet across. In September 2012, the brick façade of the west wall collapsed, exposing the concrete wall underneath. Ultimately both walls will be rebuilt as part of this project.
In addition to replacing the retaining walls, it will also be necessary to keep the water runoff from the roof from running to the front of the building so it does not put pressure on the walls. This project will involve identifying suitable sewer lines for stormwater runoff and routing downspouts to drain into the lines.
Although we don’t mind providing a home for the wildlife that is attracted to ECAC, we want to relocate them from the roof and gutter to a more appropriate location. The slate mansard and gutter system is in need of major repairs, and while we’re at it we want to replace the 2nd and 3rd story roofs and the front and back porch ceilings.
Brickwork and Concrete
There’s a lot to do in this area starting with the concrete stairs leading up to the porch which is showing signs of wear. There’s also a pillar in the rear parking lot that need permanent bracing, brick pointing and plastering on the front edges of the building, aesthetic repair of the concrete around the perimeter of the parking lot and waterproofing of the basement.