BARTHOLDI FOUNTAIN restoration AND PARK RENOVATION - phases 2 and 3
Owner: Architect of the Capitol
Contract Amount: $1.9 million
Date of Award: 2008 (Phase 2); 2009 (Phase 3)
Completion Date: July 2011
The Bartholdi Fountain Restoration and Park Renovation project was accomplished over five phases. Phase 1 was completed by others, and Grunley completed Phases 2 & 3 by spring 2011. Phases 4 and 5 have not yet been awarded.
The Bartholdi Fountain is located on the grounds of the U.S. Botanic Gardens in Washington, D.C. Prior to construction, the fountain was in deteriorating condition, and no longer flowing water. The Bartholdi statue has since been restored off-site by others, and reinstalled.
Frederic Auguste Bartholdi (1834-1904) created the fountain for the 1876 International Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. The design is based on a model he created in 1867 while working on his design for the Statue of Liberty.
Grunley’s Phase 2 work included the restoration and retrofitting of the plumbing and lighting infrastructure for the historic fountain. The aging statue pedestal was demolished and replaced, and repairs were made to the 100’ diameter, 3’ deep fountain basin.
New plumbing and electrical infrastructure were added. A new underground concrete utility vault was installed as part of Phase 3. It controls the mechanical and lighting operations of the refurbished water feature.
Date Posted: June 21, 2012