The Coles Building Gets New Stairs

It took more than two months from start to finish, but the Coles Building in Queens Square has a new set of stairs.

Demolition on the old concrete stairs, which had been patched beyond their ability to be patched any longer, started on June 7, 2017; through July and into August, MacLean Construction removed the rubble, set forms, poured concrete for the sides, let this set, set forms, poured concrete for the stairs, let this set, and, finally, put in place brand new rails on August 11, 2017.

The restored entrance, which affords access to the temporary home of the Legislative Assembly of PEI, opened earlier this week.

MacLean did great, careful work, and I’m certain that the new stairs will outlive it and me.

Because I walk by the Coles Building at least twice a day–it’s on my way to and from the office–I had a front-row seat to all of this, and every time there was a new development I snapped a photo.

Here’s a photographic journey through the process.

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