` WV Capitol Dome Repairs Projected to Finish Spring 2021 | WDP & Associates

WV Capitol Dome Repairs Projected to Finish Spring 2021

WDP's work on the West Virginia Capitol Dome is in the news!  As the project ending draws near, the following article takes a look back to the beginning.

In the November 26, 2020 edition of the Charleston Gazette-Mail, WDP Principal and Historic Preservation Engineer, Rex Cyphers, discusses what WDP discovered during the exploration and investigation of the project.

As the state prepared to put the Capitol dome repair and restoration project out to bid, consulting engineer Rex Cyphers discovered an even more critical issue: The tensioning system — a series of 60-foot steel cables that run from the exterior dome and hold up the interior dome — had failed.

He said engineers discovered the failure while examining water damage and discovered that the interior Rotunda walls were pushing out because they were bearing the weight of the interior dome.

Cyphers did not see a danger of imminent collapse, but he said the tensioning system needed to be replaced “as expeditiously as possible.”
With that, the dome repair project took on extra urgency.

Click here to read the full article.