National Park Service
Calumet and Hecla Building
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- National Historical Park and Landmark and Historic Park
- Historic Restoration
- 12,000 s.f
- Quinn Evans Architects
- November 2002
This historic structure was once home to the paymaster and other administrative services of the Calumet and Hecla Mining Company. The building is listed on the Secretary of the Interior’s National Register of Historic Places and the Calumet National Historic Landmark District. The building now houses the main administrative offices of the National Park Service’s Keweenaw National Historic Park. The design/build project delivery method was unique for this area, and the first for the park.
The exterior façade, which was tuckpointed and restored, is a mixture of local stone and brick that is unique to the Calumet area. All masonry chimneys were reconstructed, and over 100 historic wood windows were stripped of lead paint and restored to their original condition. Christman implemented a detailed survey and control process to assure exact documentation of the window restoration, even assuring that individual panes of glass were reinstalled in the same opening and facing their original direction. The attached garage (original pay shed) was restored and its flat-lock roofing reinstalled. The entire main building was reroofed and exterior fascia and trim repainted. The main entry of the building was restored to its original form and a handicap lift was sensitively installed inside the building. A new dry fire suppression system was put into place, and the design team installed six-inches of rigid fiberglass insulation with a plywood topping on the attic floor and installed fans in the vents to prevent problematic “ice damming” during the frigid northern Michigan winter months.
The building remained occupied by the Keweenaw National Historic Park staff during the restoration efforts. Christman’s site manager and National Park Service staff maintained close coordination and communication with users of the building, allowing the work to continue with minimal impact to the occupants, guests and visitors during their daily use.
The design/build process, as implemented by Christman, allowed the National Park Service to maintain a very aggressive schedule, despite by a severe winter climate. In addition, the work scope was balanced to support the available funds and prioritized work in an open accounting process.