Berglund Construction Takes Over the Museum of Science and Industry

This summer, Berglund Construction started restoration work on four different locations of the historical Museum of Science and Industry, located in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. Work at the museum began May of 2019 and is expected to be completed by December 2019.

The project work scope includes masonry repairs, tuckpointing, facade cleaning, the installation of new PMMA roofing systems and the installation of scaffolding systems for access. Our work is occurring at the museum's central pavilion, east pavilion, east and west link, and the museum's west staircase.

At the central pavilion, our work includes skylight rehabilitation, terra cotta replacement with new cast stone, parapet wall repairs, and the painting of ornamental grills and frames.

At the east pavilion, the scope includes obtaining molds from original terra cotta to create new cast stone for installation, parapet wall repairs, installation of new roof drains, dome copper repairs and the restoration of caryatid porches.

On the west side of the building, the stairs are undergoing concrete repairs, mechanical/electrical repairs, cleaning / re-installation of granite, installation of new waterproofing and the removal, restoration, and re-installation of the railings.

On the east and west link of the museum, the parapet wall is being disassembled, repaired and rebuilt.

As a Chicago Landmark and one of the city’s most recognizable buildings, all work completed on the building’s exterior is sensitive to its historic nature. Elements are preserved when possible, with repairs as necessary. We only replace original materials when the original piece is deteriorated beyond repair.

With a large amount of work taking place around the museum, Berglund has approximately 30-35 tradesmen working on the job site daily.

Since 2010, Berglund has been engaged in an ongoing masonry restoration effort at the museum's campus. Previous work at the museum included repairs at the east and west knuckle domes, repairs at the west pavilion, and repairs at the north facade parapet wall and colonnade.

To see the extensive amount of work currently taking place at the 400,000 sqft museum campus check out our drone video.