Capitol Dome Restoration Project Brings Home the Gold at the 2014 ACE Awards

The State Capitol dome restoration project won an ACE award at the Nov. 14, 2014 Associated General Contractors (AGC) Colorado gala. The project won in a crowded field in the $10 million to $40 million category.

The Capitol dome project also earned two other awards that evening: the 2014 Jack Mincher People’s Choice Award for General Contractor, and subcontractor Douglass Colony Group, Inc., won an ACE in the Best Building Project Under $2 Million category for specialty contractors.

The restoration – which involved complex work besides rebuilding and regilding the predominantly cast iron dome – was completed this fall one million dollars under budget. The three-year effort required the dome to be shrouded for much of that time to protect workers and the public as efforts proceeded to repair and restore rusted-out cast iron fasteners and remove asbestos and lead-based paint. 

Overall, 41 companies submitted 64 entries in 10 categories this year. More than 700 people attended this year’s event, including representatives from the Office of the State Architect, general contractor GH Phipps, the design team of Martin/Martin, Inc., and Humphries Poli Architects. The Christman Co. and Quinn Evans Architects also were partners on the dome restoration project team.