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Protecting the Beauty of the First United Methodist Church

Palo Alto, CA – The architecture of the First United Methodist Church in Palo Alto, California is astounding. The church is almost entirely made of concrete, from the 19 poured piers that begin in the basement and meet at the roof to the precast roof panels. The building has over 1,000 stained-glass windows of different colors that create a dazzling effect inside. It is no wonder that there is a backlog for weddings in the church. Although the building has held up well since it was constructed in 1963, Western Waterproofing has been contracted to refurbish the concrete throughout the building to ensure it can be enjoyed for years to come.


The First United Methodist Church has been serving the Palo Alto community since 1894.

Western Waterproofing is using a wide variety of Sika products throughout this project. SikaTop 111 Plus is used for crack repair and Sikaflex-15 LM is used for precast expansion joints. John Carden from Western Waterproofing told us they are matching the look of the building throughout the refurbishment. By doing this, the focus is kept on the beauty of the building rather than the repairs. Every single window is being resealed with Sikasil WS-295. While most modern stained glass uses a laminate, replacement windows for the church will use the original “cathedral glass” to maintain consistency. After seeing the light emittance from inside the church, I’m sure this consistency will be worth it. Finally, the exterior of the building will be coated with Sikagard 550W for future protection.


Western Waterproofing took nearly a year to design the scaffold to have minimal interference on the church.

Because the church is so active, it is important to reduce interference caused by the construction process. The professionals at Western Waterproofing were able to construct a massive scaffold that carefully distributes stress around the building. On some of the more difficult areas, workers will propel down from the scaffold to keep noise levels low. Mass will go on as planned without interruption. With the teamwork between Western Waterproofing and Sika, the First United Methodist Church will remain beautiful long into the future!


Sika’s Brad Kamin and Western Waterproofing’s John Carden.


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