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Restoring the Natural History Building Web Series

Between the years 2016 and 2018, Heritage Restoration refinished thousands of feet of both millwork and doors for the Ricker Natural History Building in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. We also recreated a missing four story staircase as an exact copy of its original design. Using footage taken during the project, Heritage’s staff has gone back and prepared a series of short videos to show a behind-the-scenes look at this historic restoration.


 

A Letter from the President of Heritage Restoration and Design Studio

Date: 03-23-20

Friday afternoon, 3-20-20, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker issued EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-10 requiring people to shelter in place starting 3-21-20. This order requires all people to stay at home, except for those who are considered essential for the infrastructure workplace of the United States.

Per the US Department of Homeland Security’s Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce Memorandum issued on March 19th, 2020:

 

Overview

Heritage Restoration and Design Studio is happy to announce that we are certified to use the JAHN Mortar and the rest of the product line produced by Cathedral Stone, Inc. Cathedral Stone is based out of Maryland, and is an importer of quality masonry products from Europe. “This is another great feather in our cap here at Heritage Restoration. Coupling our past experience with masonry and statuary repair with this new product line will really be of great benefit to our clients,” said Stephen Berlinger project manager at HRD.

 

Heritage Restoration and Design Studio has successfully requalified for the AWI QCP program. The Architectural Woodwork Institute creates and maintains standards for fine wood work construction. To qualify for the Quality Certification Program, AWI conducts many site visits to Heritage Restoration and Design Studio’s shops and larger projects to confirm that our work exceeds the standard. After this process is completed, architectural drawings, samples and full scale mockups need to be submitted to AWI for review. HRD was then required to complete multiple extensive written exams proving our knowledge in the design and millwork world. Every few years, Heritage has to go back and prove that we still meet the same standards of excellence. We have done it again!

 

LEED Staircase

One of Heritage’s recent restoration sites received an award. The Natural History Building of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign was awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, one of the world’s premiere green rating programs. Gold status attests that the renovation was conducted in a manner that placed a focus on environmental conservation. To prevent pollution renewable materials were utilized, in addition to the 76% of the construction waste that was recycled.

 

Heritage is happy to announce that we are an EPA Certified Lead Safe Firm. To achieve this classification for lead abatement, members of Heritage's staff have certified themselves in Right Renovate Lead Abatement Practices. This national certification requires that our workmen follow strict practices to identify lead based coatings, then contain and remove them safely.

 

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