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Masonry Solutions

News and Insights on the Masonry Repair and Maintenance of Institutional, Commercial, and Condominium Buildings in  
Eastern Massachusetts  

Volume 9 No. 1

March 2017
Welcome to our premier issue of Masonry Solutions for 2017. You will notice a change in format from previous years as we strive to make our e-newsletter more mobile-friendly for the growing number of readers using smartphones to obtain their information today. We hope to continue to provide you with important content on our projects and useful technical information on the masonry industry as a whole.

In this issue, our Case Study article describes  Abbot's recent restoration of the front and both side facades of Congregation Kehillath Israel, a historic Jewish synagogue in Brookline, MA.  In our Masonry 101 article, we provide a description of "pre-cast" concrete. 
We trust that you will benefit from the information provided in this publication. If you have any comments or questions, or would like an estimate on a masonry repair project, we can be reached at 617-445-0274 or www.abbotbuilding.com.
Michael Norman, President
Abbot Building Restoration Company, Inc.

Case Study

Abbot Restores Front and Side Facades of Historic  
Jewish Synogogue in Brookline, MA

Congregation Kahillath Israel, Brookline, MA
Abbot recently completed the restoration of the front and both side facades of Congregation Kehillath Israel, a Historic Conservative Jewish Synagogue established over a century ago in Brookline, MA. The focal point of the project was to remove the grand entry steps and replace them with new, fabricated pre-cast concrete to match the original appearance.

Significantly, Abbot also replaced approximately 30% of the precast concrete on the front façade that was severely deteriorated. This included the two main turrets and various portions of the columns and ornamental water tables. On the two brick sidewalls of the sanctuary, Abbot replaced the steel over the stained glass windows, replaced sections of brick, and repointed the entire façade.

Abbot served as the prime masonry contractor for Kaplan Construction (Brookline, MA).

Masonry 101

Pre-Cast Concrete

Simply stated, pre-cast concrete is a construction product produced by casting concrete in a reusable mold or "form" which is then cured in a controlled environment, transported to the construction site, and lifted into place. In contrast, standard concrete is poured into forms and cured on site.

Pre-cast concrete is highly resistant to impact, corrosion, weathering, abrasion, and other ravages of time, which reduces maintenance and operating costs. A low water/cement ratio combined with good compaction and curing in a controlled factory environment ensures a dense, highly durable product.

Pre-cast concrete is non-combustible with built-in fire-resistant capability. It creates a safe envelope that helps protect people, equipment ,and the building itself. It may also be helpful in reducing property insurance premiums.

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Abbot Building Restoration Co., Inc. 
28 Allerton Street, Boston, MA 02119 
Tel: 617-445-0274  · Fax: 617-445-0277