Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The City Repairs the Old Clock in Old City Hall

If you're walking downtown near old City Hall, you may notice the old clock's hands are stuck on the 12.

This is because, beginning, November 8, 2010, the City Hall Clock has been frozen in time for repairs.

The fan, which is part of the fly shaft of the historic clock, is receiving regular life-cycle maintenance and is being removed and taken off-site for the restoration.

The fly shaft is moved by a pendulum and is similar to a second hand on a watch.

Repairs to the fly shaft should take less than two weeks, maybe more if needed.

The clock is an original part of Old City Hall and was completed in 1911. The clock was manufactured by the Seth Thomas Clock Co. of Thomaston, Conn., U.S.A. It was purchased by The City in 1910 and installed by local jeweler, D.E. Black, who was also an Alderman. City Hall - a four-storey sandstone building designed by architect William M. Dodd - was declared a Provincial Historic Resource in 1978.

A clock specialist is replacing the worn-out parts. Because of the age of the clock, replacement parts must be manufactured by a master machinist.

What is life cycle maintenance?
A building and its equipment has a limited life span (life cycle). Building systems are repaired or replaced after their life cycle is over to maintain the existing building standard. Over the lifetime of a building, it costs less to maintain the building standard by doing life cycle maintenance as scheduled than to delay work as the equipment can deteriorate to the point where it cannot be repaired.

This project is led by Facility Management (formerly called Facility Operations), a division of Corporate Properties & Buildings.

If you have questions, please call 3-1-1 or the 24/7 Facility Management customer service line at 403-268-5756.

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