A $10.5 million project to restore the skirt of the U.S. Capitol Dome in Washington, D.C., will soon be under way. The dome skirt — the lower level of the cast-iron structure — needs repairs to the historic ironwork, sandstone, and brick masonry. Old paint will be removed from the interior and exterior and be repainted. Click here  for more information.
The Architect of the Capitol awarded Gilbane Building Co. the contract over the summer. Constructed during the Civil War, the cast-iron dome requires regular maintenance. It was last serviced in the summer of 2010, when it was sealed and painted to provide a protective coating. Work is scheduled to be completed by fall 2012 to accommodate preparations for the 2013 presidential inaugural. BD+C