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Norfolk County Courthouse

Owner:       Norfolk County

Location:   Norfolk, MA

Engineer/Architect:  Gale Associates

Settlement of the the rubble foundation walls resulted in significant movement and subsequent closure of large areas of the granite staircase at the front entrance of the Norfolk county courthouse.

An emergency contract for reconstruction was released by the Owner and CSI commenced work in January 2005.

The work entailed removal of the existing granite treads and landings - some weighing in excess of 5 tons - as well as demolition of the rubble walls and excavation to reach a suitable bearing strata prior to pouring new footings and a mass reinforced concrete foundation.

While work on the footings was proceeding all the granite stones were shipped to a stone plant so that all could be carefully cut to ensure that new riser heights complied with current code. The stones were then set on a dry pack layer prior to all joints being finished with mortar.

As part of the restoration process the owner took the opportunity to enhance the overall appearance of the staircase by incorporating new granite planters and the installation of new cast iron ornamental rails.



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