West Wing Renovation Project – Week Five

Brian Barger, Project Superintendent, Hunter Roberts Construction Group, stands in what will be the first gallery for Secrets of the Silk Road, by newly installed metal clad cable for recessed lights that will be a new feature of the gallery ceilings.

Brian Barger, Project Superintendent, Hunter Roberts Construction Group, stands in what will be the first gallery for Secrets of the Silk Road, by newly installed metal clad cable for recessed lights that will be a new feature of the gallery ceilings.

The West Wing Renovation Project is in full gear, with construction workers in the Museum from very early morning to late at night, to meet the Secrets of the Silk Road deadline.

Here are some of the recent activities seen on Friday morning, October 29:

Deep in the bowels of the Museum, an underground sanitary pipe is installed for future use in later phases of the project.

Deep in the bowels of the Museum, an underground sanitary pipe is installed for future use in later phases of the project.

Steel reinforcements are set in place for the large duct shaft which will bring an air conditioning duct up from the Museum's "Big Dig" room where the HVAC air conditioning system will be.

Steel reinforcements are set in place for the large duct shaft which will bring an air conditioning duct up from the Museum's "Big Dig" room where the HVAC air conditioning system will be.

A new concrete wall, which forms one of the duct tunnels.

A new concrete wall, which forms one of the duct tunnels.

Tom Spry of JPD Group pours concrete for the floor of one of the new duct shafts.

Tom Spry of JPD Group pours concrete for the floor of one of the new duct shafts.

New duct work goes through the Secrets of the Silk Road gallery to third floor gallery above, where Iraq's Ancient Past is temporarily off view.

New duct work goes through the Secrets of the Silk Road gallery to third floor gallery above, where Iraq's Ancient Past is temporarily off view.

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  • mgleeson

    While some of us conservators have a background in art, and many of us create art on the side, we’re not in the business of creating replicas, other than the things we make for exhibit purposes or for treatment testing. You say that this piece is signed? I guess I would start with that and try to look the person up. I wish I could be more helpful, but I’m sorry to say that this is something I probably can’t say much more about.