Putting together a 320-piece puzzle seems easy enough, except when the pieces are made of limestone with some weighing as much as 1,200 pounds each. That’s just what the project team at St. Bridget Catholic Church is doing.
The team is building an ornate 62-foot masonry bell tower with limestone trim and accents along with a large bluestone and granite plaza with masonry walls and limestone. Three bells, the largest weighing 1,500 pounds, will hang inside the tower.
The pieces of Indiana limestone trim arrived on several pallets, weighing approximately 2,500 pounds each.
As each limestone piece is unpacked from its pallet, Bearing Masonry’s workers use fine-grain sandpaper and razor blades to remove the piece markings.
When clean and ready, each piece is carefully lifted and installed in its place.
After several weeks of putting together the intricate puzzle, the finished product will be the focal point of the 1950 church.
KBS previously worked with St. Bridget Catholic Church on the St. Bridget Middle School project. The Bell Tower is designed by Kerns Group Architects, PC.