Historic Church Restoration

May 16th, 2012   •   Comments Off on Historic Church Restoration   


The Episcopal Church of the Nativity

Beginning in March of 2008, Noblin & Associates performed a Building Condition Survey for the Church Of The Nativity in Huntsville, Alabama.  Based on the results of this survey, Noblin was engaged to design and administer a comprehensive restoration program for the building which included masonry restoration, reroofing, interior plaster restoration and stained glass window restoration.  Window restoration was initiated prior to Noblin’s involvement, but was incorporated into the overall restoration project.

The Church Of The Nativity was designed by Ecclesiological architect Frank Wills, and was completed in 1859.  The church has been called one of the finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture in the region.  The church was accepted as a national historic landmark in 1992, and all work needed to meet the requirements of the applicable historic commissions, including the National Parks Service.

Over its history the building has experienced a number of issues including wind damage to the 150 foot steeple in 1956, distress of the masonry portion of the steeple which required emergency repairs in the 1950’s and 1980’s, improper repointing of the exterior masonry walls, water infiltration from the roof and insect infestation in the wooden building structures.  These conditions needed to be properly considered as part of the restoration design process.

A comprehensive restoration program was developed after a thorough survey of the existing conditions of the building.  Work began in 2009 and progressed in several phases until completed in 2011. The work included repointing and masonry restoration with a lime based mortar, appropriate for a historic masonry structure of this age.

The replacement roof system consisted of a combination of copper Rauten shingles and standing seam panels.  The style of the original roof systems on the building could not be determined from the available documentation.  Therefore, the Rauten shingle/panel system was selected due to its historic appropriateness and the fact that comparable historic buildings in the Huntsville area have similar roof systems. The final phase of the work included replastering of the church interior and repair of deteriorated interior woodwork.

Big Turn Out for Noblin Maintenance Q & A

March 17th, 2012   •   Comments Off on Big Turn Out for Noblin Maintenance Q & A   

Noblin free wine and cheese event“I just wanted to thank you for the presentation… watching the residents it was amazing how much they learned from you.  All the residents in attendance had good comments about the evening.”  – Stanley Bonislawski, President, Parker Village Condominum Trust

Over forty residents from Parker Village Condominium attended a free maintenance Q & A session recently put on by Noblin & Associates and Harvard Management Solutions in Merrimack, NH. Ralph Noblin, P. E. and Mike Driscoll of Noblin & Associates took questions from the community on topics ranging from construction projects, operating budget strategies, property maintenance, and capital reserve studies.  A lot of the discussion centered around the Reserve Study that Noblin recently performed at the property. The property manager felt that the event was a great success:

”Homeowners found the information helpful in understanding how their Board of Directors develops their annual budget and ultimately their monthly condominium fees.” – Tracey Madden, Harvard Management Solutions

The trustees and other owners were able to ask questions and get expert advice in a familiar, relaxed atmosphere.  The event was held in the early evening at the condominium’s Clubhouse, which made it easy for the residents to attend.  Noblin provided complimentary wine and cheese for the attendees.

Property Managers and Trustees:  If you would like us to do a similar event at one of your communities, please give us a call!



“This Old Condo” – Maintenance Seminar

December 5th, 2011   •   Comments Off on “This Old Condo” – Maintenance Seminar   
Ralph Noblin, P.E.

Ralph Noblin, P.E. presents his famous "This Old Condo" maintenance seminar.

“This Old Condo” Seminar
presented by Ralph Noblin, P.E.
January 10, 2012
6:00-8:00 pm
Manchester Public Library
405 Pine Street, Manchester, NH
CAI-NH presents an educational seminar on property maintenance for condominium managers, trustees, and owners.  Ralph Noblin, P.E. has been consulting to condominium associations in New England since the 1980’s.  Beginning in the mid-1990’s, Ralph has presented his unique view of construction in the condo world, THIS OLD CONDO.  Since his first presentation in Lebanon, New Hampshire, Ralph has brought his materials, tools and sense of humor to additional presentations in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.  Not satisfied to just conduct a typical technical seminar, Ralph’s expertise and energy inevitably result in a raucous and captivating event.  Come and enjoy the fun!

New Building Code

March 7th, 2011   •   Comments Off on New Building Code   

The 8th Edition of the Massachusetts State Building Code is now in effect.