50 Monroe is a special job for us at RAM. A competitor informed us that this job was falling behind schedule and they didn’t know where to turn. After putting our heads together, it was determined that RAM would take over the east elevation in efforts to get the job back on schedule for CWD. With this being said there is always a reason for a job to fall behind, in this case it has everything to do with the complexity of the task at hand.
This 3 Century old building was originally constructed to hold Grand Rapids Refrigerator Co. In the mid 80’s it was decided that the face of this building would be covered with steel and glass paneling as developers were hoping for a more modern look. 5 years ago, CWD purchased this building and quickly realized how beautiful the stone and brick architecture was beneath all the steel. Once the panels were pulled it was very evident just how much damage was done to the face of this building many years ago. Earlier we spoke about the complexity of this job and it lies with the removal of the original lead paint. Our Jos system shoots a combination of glass and water particles at masonry to remove any paint and blemishes present. With 50 Monroe being right downtown across from one of the biggest parking ramps the city has you can imagine we see a lot of foot traffic on a daily basis. Since RAM has yet to give safety a day off it was our top priority to contain this blasting and protect all foot traffic and vehicles. After the paint was removed we could finally focus on the brick restoration aspect to get the building looking as close to original as possible. All in all, we were happy to come in and help get the project back on the right track.