Current and recent projects
The Driscoll Hotel Renovation in Austin. This historic hotel has a rich history dating back to the 1800s. Recently it was showing signs of water damage and Blue Diamon Steel was brought in by Chamberlin to restore the existing balustrades. Here is an excerpt of an article about the renovation:
Blue Diamond Steel was enlisted to restore the existing balustrades. During the initial evaluation, abnormally large cracks in the cast iron were observed and some sections were discovered to be unlevel by as much as half an inch. The cause of this damage became clear when the floor under the concrete was discovered to be rotten, compromising the substrate on which the balustrades rely.
The balustrades were removed by crane and transported to the Blue Diamond Steel facility in New Braunfels, Texas, for repairs. They were sandblasted to remove multiple layers of paint and expose the cracks. Then, the paint chips were tested for lead. The paint that contained lead was placed in barrels and properly disposed.
George Wells, owner of Blue Diamond Steel, explained, “Since the balustrades were made in 1886, they were most likely made with different types of iron, like brass and steel. When the time comes to weld them, you never know what you are going to run in to. It is not like welding a new piece of steel.”
Knowing that cast iron is extremely brittle, the balustrades were placed in a charcoal oven for three hours until the temperature reached approximately 500 degrees. This process helps to prevent any further breakage during the welding phase. After the balustrades were welded, they continued to rest in the oven until the coals cooled to a safe temperature before the balustrades could be removed. For those sections of the balustrades that were too badly cracked or missing pieces, new balustrades were fabricated.
Once the balustrades were fully restored and epoxy primed, they were transported to The Driskill and hoisted to their original location.
We are proud to have been part of the team restoring such a beautiful Texas landmark.
Suspended roof / tower at Schlitterbahn Corpus Christi. George Wells, owner of Blue Diamond Steel, led the fabrication and construction of this roof and tower. Click photo for more information.
Conveyor System, Corpus Christi. Used to move guests upriver in Schlitterbahn Corpus Christi. Click here for more information.
Bass Construction. This is a take over job in Sugarland, Texas.
Verrückt in Kansas City. George Wells, owner of Blue Diamond Steel, led construction of the tallest waterslide in the world including building the tower, developing a new blaster nozzle system and creating a unique conveyor for this one of a kind, record-setting ride. Click the image for more information.