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Downtown: State will begin renovation of State House dome

Downtown: State will begin renovation of State House dome
News from Concord Monitor:

The gold dome atop the New Hampshire State House will finally get a long-awaited shine.

The delicate process of rebuilding and regilding the capitol building in Concord began this past weekend. Next year, the dingy dome will have a new coat of 23½-karat gold.

“Six years, we’ve been working on this and doing a design and going back to the drawing board,” said Mike Connor, deputy commissioner of the Department of Environmental Services. “It does finally feel good to have it actually start.”

The Legislature began budgeting for this project in 2011. About $ 1 million was set aside, and the state hired D.L. King & Associates of Nashua to do the work. The renovation was supposed to wrap up in 2014 or 2015.

But Connor said the State House roof would not support the elaborate scaffolding needed to do the job, so the makeover was delayed. This summer, the state hired Turnstone Corporation of Milford to build a platform around the entire dome to support the scaffolding and workers – about 450,000 to 500,000 pounds of weight.

That phase started over the weekend and will continue until November. That platform will remain permanently, but Connor said it will not detract from the hi…………… continues on Concord Monitor

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