Clocktower work complete

Deteriorating masonry created need for emergency repairs

Mirror photos by Gary M. Baranec Architect Dave Albright (left) and Commissioner Terry Tomasetti (second from right), along with workers employed to complete the restoration work on the courthouse clocktower, look over the site during a final inspection Thursday. The next step in wrapping up this year’s work will be removing the scaffolding.
Rocky Greenland (left), Blair County Public Works Director, and Commissioner Terry Tomassetti inspect repairs made to the weather vane on top the Blair County Courthouse.

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The masonry company hired to address safety hazards on the clocktower of the Blair County Courthouse has wrapped up its work.

Graciano Masonry & Concrete Restoration Services of Pittsburgh, hired in September to address hazards created by deteriorating masonry, provided county leaders with a review of its work during an inspection last week led by Graciano foreman Dean Brinegar.

Participating on behalf of the county were project architect David Albright, Director of Public Works Rocky Greenland and Blair County Commissioner Terry Tomassetti.

Terry Triest of Keller Engineers, which designed the bracing recommended to stabilize the clocktower’s spire, also participated in the inspection.

The county initiated the repairs after a structural engineering study identified conditions in need of immediate attention. Besides masonry repairs, the job included installation of temporary flashing to halt the build up of debris permitting trees to take root. It also included the installation of netting to catch shards of stone that could fall from damaged areas.