The Office of the Architect of the Capitol will accept bids on Feb. 16, 2011, for painting and related work, including lead abatement, as part of continuing repainting and restoration work on the dome of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.
The scope of work includes painting and repair services for the Capitol Dome's cast-iron structure and masonry walls within the skirt area. The project involves the repair and restoration of historic ironwork; the repair and restoration of historic sandstone and brick masonry; lead-paint abatement from a complex structure adjacent to occupied work areas; and the design, engineering, fabrication, and installation of access systems on an existing roof with limited load capacity. The project also will include site staging; scaffolding and scaffold bridging; on-site, ongoing activities coordination; surface preparation; spot priming; and the sequential repainting of the interior and exterior surfaces of the dome skirt.
In work commissioned earlier this year, a $2 million contract was awarded to Aulson Company Inc., Methuen, Mass., for repainting work on the dome.
“The U.S. Capitol Dome is iconic and is the most recognized symbol of our government,” Stephen T. Ayers, AIA, Architect of the Capitol, said in an earlier announcement about the repainting program.
The Capitol Dome is comprised of nearly nine million pounds of fireproof cast iron and was designed by Philadelphia architect Thomas U. Walter to replace an original dome of copper and wood. The dome was built from 1855 to 1866; the final section of the Statue of Freedom atop the dome was installed on Dec. 2, 1863.
An earlier Durability + Design story on the Dome and the repainting and restoration program can be read at Dome getting a repaint.
Reported by Paint BidTracker, a construction reporting service devoted to identifying contracting opportunities for the coatings community.