NPS awards $10M contract to fix elevator in Washington Monument

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The National Park Service granted a $10.785 million contract to a construction company in Rockville, Maryland on Friday.

Grunley Construction Company, Inc, will be in charge of modernizing the elevator in the Washington Monument as well as  building a permanent screening facility for visitors entering the landmark.

The contract will repair, upgrade, and modernize the elevator by installing a new elevator control system that will coordinate all aspects of elevator service such as travel direction, speed and acceleration, leveling, and door opening speed and delay.  The National Park Service says the current security screening building was built in 2001 and was only intended to be temporary. Under this new contract, crews will build a permanent building to meet long term security, historic preservation and park operation requirements. The new glass and steel facility will offer full ballistic and blast protection, and an accessible restroom for NPS and U.S. Park Police staff and a security officers.

The agency says both projects will be done simultaneously and crews should be done by the reopening date which slated for the Spring of 2019.

NPS closed the Washington Monument on August 17, 2016 after the elevator control system kept breaking down resulting in several service interruptions and visitor evacuations.