gets contract for courthouse cupola
cupola will be built offsite,
put in place in September
(June 2010) Campbellsville Industries, one
of the nations foremost experts in steeples and cupolas, recently
was awarded a contract for $259,991 to rebuild the Jefferson County
Courthouse cupola. The Campbellsville, Ky.-based company is one of only
a handful of companies in the country that can do the specialized work.
A fire broke out on May 20, 2009, and engulfed the 150-year-old belltower
and destroyed the roof over the third-floor Circuit Courtroom. Workers
had to remove the 24,000-pound belltower just days after the fire.
that specializes in
cupolas is building the
final rooftop piece
that will eventually
adorn the Jefferson
renovation as a result
of a May 2009 fire.
Campbellsville Industries, nicknamed The Steeple
People....Plus has more than 17,000 installations located throughout
the nation and in at least six foreign countries. Not only does the
company make steeples, it also makes ballustrades, picket railing, baptistries,
bulletin boards, clocks, cupolas, columns, cornices, crosses, domes,
finials, louvers, towers, urns and weather vanes.
Some of the companys more recent and well-known projects include
the four corner cupolas on the West Baden Springs Hotel in French Lick,
Ind., and the new copper Hobokan, N.J., Ferry Terminal Clock Tower built
to replicate the 1941original.
We do both historical reconstruction and new construction,
said Campbellsville Industries Dave Manning.
For the Jefferson County Courthouse, Manning said the actual cupola
will be fabricated at the factory. When ready, the pieces will be transported
to Madison, where they will be hoisted onto the roof of the building
and secured together.
The cupola is being fabricated now and is expected to be set in
place during the first part of September, said Jefferson County
Commissioner Julie Berry.
Indianapolis-based American StructurePoint is the architectural engineering
firm leading the rebuild project. The company, which designs everything
from bridges and highways to county buildings and banks, became involved
in the courthouse project immediately after the fire. Its forensics
department arrived on site the next day to conduct a structural analysis
and help assess fire damage.
The company designed the plans for the roof and the cupola rebuild.
It worked closely with historic interests, including Historic Madison
Inc. and Arch Trio, to follow historic preservation guidelines. The
courthouse is a major building in Madisons National Historic Landmark
Rob Creviston of StructurePoint said because the cupola on the courthouse
has actually burned more than once, the replica will not be made of
wood. Instead, it will be made of either an aluminum product or a fiberglass
reinforced polyester resin, or FRP, that duplicates wood. Both materials
are noncombustible and low maintenance.
The cupola will contain four clocks with 12-inch Roman numerals. Creviston
said the previous clocks had eight-inch numbers. Electric chimes will
replace the bell.
Berry said the historic bell was damaged in the fire and commissioners
decided not to rehang it in the new belltower.
Currently, the interior of the courthouse is going through mold remediation.
Berry said commissioners are accepting quotes and are nearly ready to
let bids to do the mold removal. She said they plan to let bids for
the interior of the building by this summer. Plans to add a new 10,000-square-foot
expansion on the southside of the building were quashed recently when
the Jefferson County Council voted against any expansion.
If the idea were to be taken up again, it would have to come from
the council, said Berry. It was a close vote.
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