The Reading Pagoda

The historic preservation and renovation of this 100-year-old building proved challenging because of the unique building shape and the location on the edge of a cliff high above the city of Reading, PA.  Scaffolding was erected around the entire seven levels of the building to complete the exterior renovation work including structural stabilization, signature LED lighting with new brackets, gold leaf gilding of historic fish sculptures and lions head, repair and replacement of exterior terra cotta roof and wall tiles, window refurbishment, and exterior pressure washing, sanding, repainting and staining.   Interior renovations included code upgrades, signage, and painting. Work began in late summer and required completion by the New Year’s Eve Centennial celebration culminating with fireworks. This was a unique and complex project requiring a variety of renovations and upgrades to be completed in a very short period. There was a monumental coordination effort required among all parties including the prime contractors, design professionals, construction manager, subcontractors, suppliers, and the City of Reading and the Greater Berks Development Authority. We are proud to have met the challenges and deadline with the fine craftsmanship deserving of such a historic landmark. This project received an Award of Excellence for Renovations from the Associated Builders and Contractors, Keystone Chapter and an Award of Merit from AIA Eastern PA.