Inside Omaha’s historic Union Station, you’ll find the gorgeous Durham Museum. The interior of the museum blends radiant architecture with the stories and experiences of the United States’ western region. Outside, unfortunately, the museum suffered from severely weathered Terra Cotta that would take several years to fix.
Early on, our team faced unforeseen conditions which ultimately altered the initial design plan. The original terra cotta relief angles (terra cotta is a non-compressible material) did not meet current building standards. So, workarounds needed to be hatched – and quickly! Add to this the fact that terra cotta lead times are 6-8 months from initial shop drawings, we knew we’d have our work cut out for us.
The McGill team provided consulting on relief angle discovery and advised on the best solutions to get the project finished. McGill craftsmen also casted terra cotta molds on site using existing terra cotta stones to replicate size and era-specific finishes. McGill was also able to find assistance in fundraising efforts.
- Terra cotta repair
- Terra cotta glazing
- Mortar joints
- Tuck pointing
- Anchor repair replacement