Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Good News for Outer Banks Area!!!

This just In!
National Park Service News Release
CONTACT: Cyndy Holda, 252-473-2111, ext. 148

The Bodie Island Lighthouse is surrounded by scafolding, and the lightroom and balcony are enveloped in a wrap to protect them during restoration.Bodie Island Lighthouse Restoration Will 

Superintendent Mike Murray announced this week that a $1.89 million contract has been awarded to resume restoration of the famed Bodie Island Lighthouse located near Oregon Inlet. The National Park Service (NPS) Denver Service Center has issued a notice to proceed with the award of contract to the prime contractor, United Builders Group, LLC from New Bern, North Carolina.

The previous restoration project contract was terminated in Spring 2011 after significant new structural integrity issues were found in many of the main support beams under the balcony. The additional repairs needed were too costly to finish in the original restoration project and therefore work ceased. The contractor demobilized and was off-site by April 20, 2011.
NPS funding requests have since been approved to complete the restoration work in FY2012.

The new project is expected to begin in late February 2012 and be completed in October 2012. The work will include the following renovations:
Restore deteriorated metal
Restore components on the lantern level (support beams, masonry,
Replace galley cornice segments
Paint interior and exterior masonry
Replace windows and glass on lantern level
Repair the Oil house marble floor and roof, install new windows
Paint all newly installed metals/wood
Install fire suppression system and rehabilitate electrical power
Install stair strengtheners

Project update reports will be issued periodically. For more information, contact the Public Affairs Office at 252-473-2111 ext. 148.


NPS Photo
The Bodie Island Lighthouse is surrounded by scaffolding, and the lightroom and balcony are "wrapped" to protect the area during renovations.

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