On February 18, our very own Art Sanders will present an AIA credited program on the US Capitol Dome.
Course Description – 1 LU|HSW
Since its completion in the 1850s, the U.S. Capitol Dome has undergone changes in the way cast iron components fit together. Heating and cooling modernization, successive painting programs, and corrosion due to water infiltration have conspired to make cast iron plates more rigid and less able to accommodate movement than when initially assembled. Cast iron is a compressively strong material, but it is brittle. Rather than bend under strain, it cracked. Repairing these cracks, and preventing new ones, required innovative technology. The presentation will explore the history and challenges of the Capitol Dome project, review fundamentals of cast iron repair, and share best practices learned from this pioneering landmark restoration. Video clips highlight key parts of the project and illustrate innovative restoration strategies, as well as the timeline, project approach, and architectural history of the U.S. Capitol. The presentation covers restoration planning, work access, lead paint removal, defect survey, cast iron repairs, paint analysis and repainting, window restoration, interior restoration, lighting, and maintenance, as well as the impact of the high-profile project on the community, the Congress, and the nation.
The dinner program will be held at the Citrus Restaurant in Milford, CT. Cost for dinner is $35.00. Cash bar. Board meeting will start at 5:00 pm and is open to CSI members.
Social (¾) hour from 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm. Dinner selections will be made about 6:15 pm. Please be prompt.
Please make your dinner reservation with me at email@example.com or you can call 860-240-9335.
CSI members are experts in building construction and the materials used therein and are dedicated to improving the communication of construction information.