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Detroit Institute of the Arts

 

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is located in the Midtown neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan.  Built in 1927, the DIA is one of the premier art museums in the United States and houses more than 60,000 famous works of art.  Pieces range from Vincent van Gogh’s self-portrait to murals depicting Detroit industry by Diego Rivera.  The building was designed by Paul Philippe Cret and covers 658,000 square feet. 


RAM Construction Services was hired to restore the masonry on the exterior façade of the museum.  Our team repaired the marble by routing and sealing cracks, removing and resetting individual stones, installing Dutchman, and repairing the back-up wall.  We also removed and replaced sealant on the marble, windows, and stone reglets on the roof.  The major portion of this project, however, involved the cleaning of the entire façade. Utilizing the JOS pressure washing system featured in the video on our homepage, we brought the marble to a clean, white finish.  The JOS System is a low-pressure, micro-abrasive cleaning solution designed for the sensitive restoration of facades.  It gently and effectively cleans delicate surfaces using a low pressure swirl of air, water and a micro-abrasive media powder without damaging the substrate.  Major challenges with this project included working with very old, porous stone and coordinating schedules with the owner for special events hosted by the museum.  Our team worked hard to safely and successfully complete all of the restoration necessary at the historic DIA.
 

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