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Grove Hall Apartments

Owner: Grove Hall Apartments, Dorchester, MA
Architect/Engineer: Thompson and Lichtner Co. Inc., Canton, MA
Timeline: March 2018 – January 2019
Cost: N/A


Masonry restoration of Boston apartment buildings

Figure 1. Blue Hill Ave. Apartments

Abbot Completes Large Scale Masonry Repair Project

Abbot recently completed a comprehensive masonry repair project involving 24 interconnected brick and stone apartment buildings in the Grove Hall neighborhood of Boston’s Dorchester section. Abbot procured the project as the low bidder in a private bidding process among several competitive masonry restoration firms.

Figure 2. Castlegate Apartments

Prior to involving Abbot, the owner contracted with an architectural/engineering firm (Thompson & Lichtner, Canton, MA) to survey the properties, identify deficiencies, and develop a set of remediation plans.

Figure 3. Washington St. Apartments

Due to the large scope of the project, Abbot called on its in depth masonry repair expertise to address the multitude of issues in the repair plan. A summary of the repair work is as follows:

  • Repointing defective mortar joints
  • Cutting out and caulking vertical expansion joints and perimeter of the windows
  • Replacing deteriorated brick to match the original brick
  • Power washing and applying water repellent to all brick surfaces

In conjunction with the above repairs, Abbot fabricated and replaced
all deteriorated pre-cast headers and sills, and coated all of the
headers and sills with an elastomeric coating.

Grove Hall Apartments - Project Continuation

This portion of the project focuses on the exterior rear and side elevations of these buildings. Abbot continued to work in conjunction with the architectural/engineering firm of Thompson & Lichtner (Canton, MA) who surveyed the properties, identified deficiencies, and developed a set of remediation plans.

Based on the survey, it was determined that the coated brick walls displayed numerous defects, including spalled brick, missing mortar between bricks, and debonded coating.

As a remedial action, Abbot power washed all of the brick to remove the debonded coating, repointed the brick masonry where necessary, replaced over 5000 deteriorated bricks in various locations to match the original size and shape, and recoated the walls with a high quality waterproof elastomeric coating.

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