Gladding McBean Architectural Terra Cotta, Chicago, IL
Noel Weidner (SAIC ’10) is the Chicago Territory Manager for Gladding, McBean Architectural Terra Cotta. He works with masons to provide replacement material on facade restoration projects in Chicago and other midwest cities. Gladding McBean has been producing architectural terra cotta since 1875. The process of making architectural terra cotta is labor intensive, time consuming and requires a high level of craftsmanship. One of the biggest challenges with my job is managing the cost and schedule expectations of my customers. The highlight is getting to crawl around on and hang off the side of old buildings, with some really great and unique views of the city. My attraction to studying historic preservation was based on the idea that restoring our existing buildings not only keeps our cities beautiful and diverse, but makes a lot of sense from an ecological and sustainability standpoint. I have been very lucky to find myself at the intersection of preservation and sustainability by representing a manufacturer that makes a material that often lasts more than 100 years while keeping our buildings beautiful.