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Corcoran in restoration

Post Time:Mar 24,2009Classify:Industry NewsView:154

The Corcoran Gallery of Art [Washington, D.C.] has a noticeably fresher look.

Its marble and granite facades along 17th Street and New York Avenue Northwest have been cleaned, turning the exterior from dingy gray to pristine white. This upgrade is part of an ambitious restoration of the beaux-arts building that is expected to cost about $25 million.

The most expensive part of the renovation, expected to cost about $17 million, is the replacement of leaky skylights on the roof with state-of-the-art glass. "The entire roof is a glass system original to the building that is at the end of its life cycle," says project manager Stan Pitchko of the Christman Co., the Alexandria construction-management firm overseeing the roof and skylight improvements. The last repairs to the roof were made in the early 1980s.

In May, the Christman Co. will start replacing the 31,000 square feet of glass on the roof of the 1897 wing of the museum, designed by architect Ernest Flagg. Rooftop air-handling equipment and copper paneling will be replaced. Historical copper ornaments, including the griffins along the cornice, also will be repaired. Pitchko says he expects this section of the roof to be completed next year.

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