RESTORATION AND STABILIZATION OF THE CASTILLA DE SAN MARCOS
Project: Restoration and Stabilization of the Castillo De San Marcos St. Augustine, Florida
Dates of Construction: 2001 - 2002
This work included precise project management, exterior masonry repair, cutting and installation of coquina stone, related scaffolding, removal and disposal of defective and asbestos containing materials, temporary road installation, crane and rigging, careful removal and reinstallation of priceless artifacts, extensive concrete installation, concrete demolition and maintaining a continuous moisture protection system for the historic preservation and restoration of the Castillo De San Marcos National Monument.
At the Castillo de San Marco project, we were required to remove the curb and sidewalk, build a 400 yard road, install what would eventually become an eight foot thick limestone crane pad (road section) and erect a 360 ton crane. Prior to installing the 400 yard road, the curb and side walk had to be removed and a solid concrete road entrance ramp had to be installed. This required all the usual traffic control measures inside the busy historic downtown section of St. Augustine. Staging was also critical, as all the components had to be carefully staged and sequenced inside a limited space. The palisade grounds surrounding the historic fort are classified as sacred Native American burial grounds, and were once used as a typhoid burial site, so all work had to be done above ground. Rather then digging down into the earth to place the road (as is typical), we were required to build our lime stone road pad above ground. The new road bed required a sprinkler system to keep down dust. The road was removed and the entrance ramp replaced with the original side walk and curb at the end of the project. This was an enormous task and required careful planning and skilled timing to execute within the time that was stipulated in the contract.
QC planning and execution during this job was the single most vital factor in the success of this project. Each and every morning, Dean Garrison and Gordon Wilson (the head of Park maintenance and the Park Superintendent) met with each sub contract crew foreman, QC officer and our own QC officer, Larry Ogden, to review the preparatory and initial inspections for that day. They also reviewed both past and upcoming events (according to our QC project plan) to make sure the work was being done according to the specifications and to explore ways to overcome unforeseen problems and wrap up quality control issues that were lingering.