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Renovation of The Caldwell Veterans Memorial Hall

Following the City of Caldwell’s purchase and designated purpose of this facility, many people, organizations and volunteers contributed their time, resources and ideas to make this facility the impressive renovated facility that exists today. Let’s explore how it all came about.

August 3, 2015 the structural calculations began for the Caldwell Veterans Memorial Hall Renovation.  Axiom Engineering was contracted for the project with construction set to begin on August 10, 2015. This undertaking would involve the renovation of stud walls, shear walls, floor joists, headers, stairs, stringers, foundations and stem walls to modern engineered specifications.  “It has been said, that at its best, preservation engages the past in a conversation with the present over a mutual concern for the future.” a quote from William Murtagh who was the first designated “keeper” of the National Register of Historic places and among top preservationists.  The visionary renovation of this structure not only saves the past but also enhances the future.

     Renovations were a necessary part of the vision. Taking an old building and refreshing it into something that is attractive and useful can turn into quite a monumental task. The CVMH was no exception and included the following:

  • Installation of four ADA compliant restrooms
  • The removal of asbestos
  • Building partition walls
  • Installing carpeting
  • Completely replacing the electrical system
  • Establishing ADA parking
  • Repairing the foundation
  • HVAC replacement of 4 AC units and heaters
  • Refurbishing the front entrance steps
  • Installing an ADA compliant elevator to serve both floors
  • Installing a fire alarm system
  • Installation of gas lines to serve the new heating and cooking equipment
  • Installation of a fully functional Kitchen
  • Painting of all interior walls and trim
  • Furnishing the lobby with chairs, couches, lamps and tables
  • Furnishing the meeting room
  • Furnishing the offices of: VFW, AL, DAV, NSO and Day Officer
  • Furnishing the Training Room with tables, chairs, lamps and couches
  • Refinishing the upper level floors
  • Removal of the main entry pillars and roof
  • Repairing the roof; replace damaged sheet metal caps and wooden nailer boards
  • Stripping and refinishing woodwork, stair handrails, baseboards and doors
  • Upgrading the plumbing; installing new sewer lines under the basement floor
  • Refurbishment of all windows