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Atkins to work on Alcatraz repairs

The US National Park Service has appointed consultant Atkins to provide construction management services for structural repairs to the famous federal penitentiary building on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay, California.

The improvements to the notorious Building #68 cellhouse on Alcatraz Island are part of the ongoing Alcatraz Historic Structures Stabilization project. The work will involve repairs to failing beams in the citadel and shower room areas that support the cellblock structures, including replacing beams that support the cellhouse floor to stop and repair structural damage, restoring the cellhouse structural floor and associated non-structural patching, and repairing/restoring salvageable beams to protect them from further deterioration.

Atkins’ services on the project will include on-site inspections, construction contract administration, office services and site visits.

“Atkins has had the great opportunity to work on many of America’s National Historic Landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, Hoover Dam, Faneuil Hall, and now Alcatraz,” said Atkins senior group manager Gary Self. “We look forward to addressing the unique challenges of this project, such as working on an island that is only accessible by boat, with no land lines for telephone or data services. Not to mention we’re facing the cold, strong, hazardous currents of the San Francisco Bay and the penitentiary’s chilling past.”

The announcement comes after last year’s decision by the National Park Service to appoint Atkins as construction manager on the restoration of New York’s Statue of Liberty.

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