Maryland State House Dome, grounds needing repair | Budget and taxation

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland – The historic dome atop Maryland State House, along with the grounds and surrounding structures, is slated for an overhaul with a new state contract of $ 619,620.

On November 3, the Public Works Council agreed to spend money on “(the restoration) of the exterior of Maryland State House and the grounds within the State Circle, including the stabilization and potential restoration of the area. ‘old Treasury building’, according to the panel’s agenda.

The project will consist of two phases, according to Nick Cavey, director of communications for the Department of General Services.

The first part of the project will focus on structural repairs to the dome related to water infiltration, painting and window work, Cavey wrote in an email to Capital News Service. He said the renovations would also ensure the dome is permanently protected against lightning and fire.

The second part of the project will focus mainly on the State House and its surroundings, according to Cavey.

“The second phase will consist of restorations of the State House and grounds, including cleaning and restoration of masonry, restoration of roof edges and windows, restoration of the historic south portico, renovation of the entrance. main north, accessibility improvements (for people with disabilities), stabilization of the existing. rubble foundation, repairs to the perimeter retaining wall around the State Circle and stabilization of the old treasury building, ”he wrote.

The duration of the funding for this project runs from November 2021 to February 2023. However, the project is expected to last until the end of 2024, according to Cavey.

MCWB Architects, based in Albany, New York, was selected to perform the repairs. The state chose this company for the project because it specializes in historic maintenance, according to the Public Works Council’s agenda for November 3.

The MCWB has already contributed to George Washington’s renovation and preservation efforts at Mount Vernon, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, and James Madison’s Montpellier, according to the agenda.

Comments made to the agenda by the Department of General Services stated that “the firm also has specific and relevant experience working on four historic state capitals located in New York, Tennessee, Vermont and Maryland. . Within Maryland State House, MCWB Architects has successfully completed the restoration of the Old Senate Chamber and has worked on the restoration of the James Brice House, “a nearby historic house.

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