SMC Restores Fire-Damaged Chapel for Long-Time Client

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SMC Restores Fire-Damaged Chapel for Long-Time Client

At the beginning of 2016, the Noble Chapel at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park was rededicated after a restoration and rehabilitation over a 16-month period. The chapel was built in 1893 and was the first building at Cypress Lawn, while the crematorium was added in 1937.

On May 15, 2013 a fire started in the crematorium, which the Colma Fire Department was able to contain to half of the space; however, the chapel suffered significant smoke and water damage. The day after the fire, Swinerton Management & Consulting (SMC) Project Executive Dennis Wong contacted Cypress Lawn to offer any assistance to restore the chapel. A past client with a relationship 15 years strong, SMC has partnered with Cypress Lawn on various projects including: the building of a funeral home, cemetery expansion, chapel, mausoleums, columbariums, and chapel rehabilitation.

A year after contacting Cypress Lawn, they reached out to Dennis seeking help to manage the design, restoration, and reconstruction of the chapel as they knew SMC would be dedicated to both their company and the project.

SMC provided a full construction estimate for the work with a breakdown of the fire damage and code-required upgrades and historic restoration work. SMC then managed the design-build process with Architectural Resources Group. Work also included extensive utility (sewer, water, and telephone) infrastructure services to be extended one-fourth of a mile from the public road; extensive seismic, life safety, and ADA upgrades; and restoration of Tiffany- stained glass windows, terra cotta, and copper final building elements.

Kudos to the project team for stepping forward to help a long-time client in need!