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Herrick & Kasdorf, L.L.P. Patricia K. Hammel Law Offices Sere oomeiotener: I6N. Carroll, Suite 500 Petia Madison WI 53703, David R. Spare J. Adam Woodford Robert L. Reynolds, J. (1930-1994) January 5, 2015 Robert F. Phillips, P.E, City Engineer; Michael May, City Attomey; City of Madison Design Engineer, Lisa Coleman Dear Mr. Phillips, Mr. May, and Ms. Coleman: Trepresent Leslie and Nicholas Schroeder, the homeowners at 854 Jenifer Street, relating to the upcoming roadway reconstruction. On their behalf, I respectfully request that equipment used for reconstructing the roadway adjacent to their property be restricted to that which will not damage their home, located on the comer of Jenifer and S. Paterson Streets. Built in 1854, the Schroeders” home is a solid masonry building constructed of soft red brick, fired on-site, of clay mined from the shores of Lake Monona. It is built of three courses of brick, ‘wo laid together with an air gap tied into a third course of bricks on a sandstone foundation with sandstone lentils and sills. The plaster is laid directly on the innermost layer of brick. The walls of this home have no framing, and therefore no soft material to absorb any shock. The historic name of the home is The Hyer-Jaquish Hotel. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; it is on the State of Wisconsin Register of Historic Places; and it is a City of Madison Landmark building. My clients take their responsibility of the care, maintenance, and stewardship of this building seriously. They are aware of damage caused to masonry buildings from road construction methods used in the reconstruction of Williamson Street, at least one incident of which resulted in a lawsuit and claim against the City and the contractor. ‘The Schroeders have had both the interior and exterior of their home professionally photographed in anticipation of the road reconstruction on Jenifer. They expect the City will take meaningful measures to-proteet this historic masonry building by setting vibration limits and making those part of the road reconstruction bid/agreement with the contractor to ensure these vibration limits are complied with. (608/257-1369 voicemail extension: 245 fax (608) 250-4370 levi LLP Page 2 Limiting vibrations during construction is a reasonable, well-recognized approach to protecting fragile historical buildings. Techniques to limit vibrations use known and standard equipment, and do not call for unproven or experimental methods of construction to be used to rebuild the roadway. Lam including two resources here, for further reading and references: 1. From the US Department of Transportation, a paper on Transit Noise and Vibration Impact Assessment, (Relevant section on vibrations during construction starting on page 8 of the pdt) 2. From the Florida Department of Transportation, a summary of policies from many jurisdictions. http://www .dot,state, center/Completed_Proj/Summary SMO/FDOT_BDBIirpt.pdf This pdf report has a table 2-5 around page 26 of the paf that sets out the Swiss Standards for Vibration in Buildings (1978, SN 604 312) o be used near buildings of historic interest or those constructed with methods which are very sensitive to vibration. The previous page contains some description of the Standards. Based on their research, my clients ask that the City require that vibrations near their home not exceed 0.12 PPV in/sec in the 10-30 Hz range or 0.12-0.2 PPV in/sec in the 30-60 Hz range, ‘They ask that the City require the contractor to comply with these limits and enforce the requirement. The Schroeders welcome questions about their home and are willing to provide any information they have that might be helpful in implementing this. ‘They are strongly motivated to protect their historical home and appreciate your prompt response to their request, Thank you for your attention to this matter. My clients and I look forward to your acknowledgment of this letter and subsequent action. eQ-— E.M. Robinson Sincerely, ec: Marsha Rummel, Alder, District 6; Lynn Lee, President, Marquette Neighborhood Association; clients; and (608) 257-1369 ‘voicemail extension: 245 ex (608) 250-4370