Work continues apace with the restoration of the Bodie Island Lighthouse at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
In late February the restoration project really stood out as the entire top of the lighthouse was enveloped in a white “shroud” to allow work to continue on the historic landmark. According to the National Park Service, the “shroud,” "made of nylon reinforced weatherproof fabric, provides several protective measures which include capturing sand blasted materials to prevent them from being released into the environment and creating a work environment that is more protected from harsh weather conditions."
Work accomplished to date includes:
* Exterior scaffolding erection and shroud installation is 100% complete
* Interior scaffolding is 50% complete
* Mortar samples have been taken and sent out for analysis
* Metal sample patterns are being submitted
* Work on the negative air system is ongoing and will be in place before paint stripping work begins
Work to be accomplished next week:
* Interior wooden door repairs will begin
* Additional safety equipment and safety station are located on-site
* A security fence will be installed around the construction site (base of the lighthouse)
* Interior scaffolding will be completed
* Trim samples
The project is managed by the National Park Service in conjunction with restoration contractors, United Builders Group, LLC from New Bern, NC, the prime contractor, Progressive Contracting Company, Inc. from Edenton, NC, and the metal restoration work will be handled by Enberg Mold and Tool from Jacksonville, FL.