Vermont's Cole Engineering manages raising of historic grist mill in NY

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Vermont's Cole Engineering manages raising of historic grist mill in NY

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 3:58am -- tim


Vermont Business Magazine Teams of preservation specialists will raise the historic Roslyn Grist Mill eight feet off its’ current 114-year old foundation so a new foundation can be poured. While the mill is being lifted, workers will quickly add sections of timber cribbing to account for the additional height.

The new, expanded headroom will allow workers to excavate the existing foundation and begin construction on a new water-tight foundation. During this time, timber frame specialists using centuries-old wood restoration methods will remove and restore deteriorated columns and support beams.

Upon completion of the foundation and timber restoration later this year, the mill will be lowered four feet to street level in order to provide safe public access to the mill for future use as an education center. It will be the first time the building will be at street level in over 100 years.

Roslyn Grist Mill is one of the few surviving examples of Dutch wood-framed industrial architecture in the United States. Built between 1715 and 1741, the water-powered mill operated for over 150 years providing the local farmers with ground meal or flour from their grain.

President George Washington visited Roslyn on his historic 1790 tour of Long Island and met with businessman and mill owner, Hendrik Onderdonk. Washington wrote in his diary that he was “kindly received and well entertained” and the mill “seems to carry on with spirit and to profit.” From 1920 to 1974, the mill served as a tea house and popular tourist attraction. The building was placed on the National Historic Register of Historic Places in 1986.

Chris Cole of Cole Engineering & Construction, a Vermont company specializing in historic preservation, manages the project for the Roslyn Landmark Society. Jan Lewandoski of Restoration & Traditional Building, a Vermont company specializing in timber frames, will remove, restore, and reinstall the timbers.

The work includes safely staging the site, stabilizing the wood structure, mold removal, restoring power to the site, installing a temporary protective roof and removal of the front façade to re-establish the original form of the mill. The wooden “husk frame” which contains gears and shafts for driving and supporting the millstones were also removed for restoration. The first phase of restoration was completed in September 2019.

Over $3 million has been raised for the restoration by the Roslyn Landmark Society from New York State, Nassau County, the Gerry Charitable Trust, the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, and Roslyn Landmark Society’s sponsors and members. Once the restoration is complete, the building will provide historical and educational exhibits for the public to enjoy.

10:00 am to Noon, Thursday, January 23, 2020
Roslyn Grist Mill, 1347 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn, NY, 11576
Parking for Press and Media will be available in the Village parking lots on Old Northern Boulevard across from the mill. Refreshments will be served courtesy of Roslyn Landmark Society.
Key Visual: The mill will be lifted off its current foundation by hydraulic jacks supported by six columns of timber cribbings and two steel lifting beams. The lifting will begin at 8:00 am and take approximately four hours.

WHO (Anticipated attendees available for interviews)
Roslyn Landmark Society (Sponsor and General Contractor): Howard Kroplick (President); Jennifer Lister (Director), Allison McGovern, PhD, RPA (Senior Archaeologist), trustees, sponsors and members
United State Congress: Thomas Suozzi (Congressman New York 3rd district)
New York State (Sponsor): Julian Adams (Bureau Director, New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation), Brian Foley (Deputy Regional Director, Long Island State Parks Region), Anna Kaplan (State Senator)
Nassau County (Roslyn Grist Mill Owner & Sponsor): Laura Curran (County Executive), Brian Schneider (Deputy County Executive), Eileen Krieb (Parks Commissioner), Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (Legislator) and Richard Nicolello (Legislator)
Village of Roslyn: John Durkin (Mayor), Craig Westergard (Trustee)
Town of North Hempstead: Judi Bosworth (Town Supervisor), Wayne Wink (Town Clerk) and Veronica Lurvey (Councilperson)
John G. Waite Associates, Architects (Leaders in the field of preservation architecture): Jack Waite, Nancy Rankin
Cole Engineering and Construction: Chris Cole (Construction Manager)
Restoration and Traditional Building: Jan Lewandowski (Timber Frame Restorer)
Wolfe House and Building Movers (Leaders in lifting and moving historic structures): Kawika Sylya
Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation (Sponsor): Kathy Curran (Executive Director)
Preservation Long Island: Alexandra Wolfe (Executive Director)


Source: Cole Engineering & Construction 1.15.2020