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Yahoo construction workers volunteer to paint Lockport historic site

LOCKPORT – About 25 of the construction workers who are erecting Yahoo’s new building in the town industrial park will be volunteering their time Saturday to do a much-needed paint job on a historic site in Lockport.

A crew from Mortenson Construction and its subcontractors is scheduled to paint the window frames at the Col. William Bond-Jesse Hawley House, 143 Ontario St. The 1823 structure, owned by the History Center of Niagara, is the oldest brick house in Lockport.

Melissa Dunlap, History Center executive director, said Thursday that she contacted Mortenson to see if the Minneapolis-based company would be willing to be a sponsor for the center’s annual fundraising gala.

“They called back right away and said ‘We don’t do that,’ but they were looking for a community service project,” Dunlap said. “I met with them and suggested a few projects, and they chose this one.”

The job is to paint window frames, which Dunlap said can be a touchy project because the windows of the three-story house all contain the original glass, nearly 200 years old. They haven’t been painted in 15 or 20 years. The building contains at least 14 windows and two doors, Dunlap said.

“It would cost a lot to hire people. These are professionals. They know what they’re doing,” Dunlap said.

Rick Lindsey, Mortenson’s project manager on the Yahoo job, said if it rains Saturday, the paint job will be rescheduled for Sept. 13.

He said he has about 180 workers on site at the moment.

“All the trades are from here in the area,” Lindsey said. However, he is from Minnesota, and some workers have come from as far away as California.

He said the work force is at its peak right now, as the construction of an administrative office building and customer call center, in conjunction with more data storage space, is being pushed to completion.

The equipment is to be tested at the beginning of November and turned over to Yahoo by the end of that month, Lindsey said.

Lindsey said the construction crew will continue its local charitable involvement and plans at least one other project. He said his team is planning what he called “back-of-the-house renovations” at the Historic Palace Theatre.


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