Gasson Hall Tower

February 9th, 2011 by

Completed July 2008 and located on the Boston College campus,Gasson Hall’s gothic design wasthe basis for a truly unique and challenging project. The upper tower stonework was documented, catalogued andcompletely dismantled and replaced with new stone. The original pieces of stone were sent to Canada for new molds to be made for replication. Some were eroded to the point that they had to be “built out” to their original shapes before molds could be made. In some cases even this was not possible and replication for new molds was created from old photographs. Portions of the lower existing stonework was salvaged for re-use. Using the salvaged materials and new cast stone, Phoenix restored the tower back to its original design. The project was completed in a year and a half.

In recognition of the work, which involved approximately 3500 pieces of stone, the project was awarded the 2009 “Best Schools” Design Award for Excellence for Architectural and Engineering Design, from the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute.  Phoenix was also awarded the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Crafts National 2008 Best Restoration Project for this unique work

“PBS has done a spectacular job. We had the best in the business doing the work on the building. They took great ownership of the project and you could see them beaming when they heard people talking about how great it looked. We had a great team, which is the recipe for a successful project.”

-John Romeo, Director of Capital Construction at Boston College, as quoted in the Boston College Chronicle.