Everything old is new again BIBLE MUSEUM’S MODERN DESIGN TESTS MEMBER SKILLS Along the busy rail lines just a few blocks from the temples of art and artifacts that line the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is a new and very different collection: the Museum of the Bible. The museum will document the history, narrative and impact of the Bible with one of the largest collections of biblical artifacts and texts in the world. The collection was amassed through collaborations among private donors, institutions and other museums. Along with contemporary treasures of Christian and Jewish culture, the material includes ancient Torah scrolls, rare printed Bibles, Jewish artifacts, and biblical papyri such as viewings of the Dead Sea scrolls. The museum also has partnered with organizations, private collectors and museums worldwide for special exhibitions. These precious items will be displayed in closely controlled environments that limit any potential decay. The display areas employ systems that will ensure that safekeeping thanks to the skill of SM Local 100 members working for Southland Industries as well as members working for James Meyers Roofing. Curved roof, massive HVAC Work on the museum began in December 2014 when crews began interior demolition on two former packing houses. Every other floor of the original 1923 building was removed in order to double the ceiling height to 20 feet (40 feet in the grand lobby). A mezzanine level has been added to the lobby to house the museum’s café and a multi-purpose room. The museum project employed 400 workers at its peak including 57 members of Local 100 on site. SMART members employed by James Meyers Roofing worked on a radius roof which consists of a batten seam roof covered with freedom-gray coated copper. The roof area will also feature a unique biblical garden representative of the Garden of Eden. Meyers is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s leading roofing companies and has worked on award-winning, noteworthy and historical renovation projects such as the Library of Congress’ Thomas Jefferson Building, the National Portrait Gallery, King Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy and the Pentagon. Owner James Myers noted his Union pride, saying “I became a journeyman in the local Sheet Metal union in 1957 and have been active in the Architectural sheet metal business for over 60 years. I have always felt the quality of the workforce provided thru the Union training program to be one of the reasons we were able to take on so many challenging architectural metal jobs, like the Museum of the Bible metal roof.” Indoors, Southland Industries at its peak employed 37 sheet metal workers charged with installing HVAC throughout the 430,000 foot building. Their work has involved the installation of 1.5 million pounds of sheet metal, a total of several miles of strip line diffusers, 16 air handling units and scores of ZCD’s (zone control devices). The ZCD’s were a first-time install for many of the members on the job. Frank Roberts, Southland Superintendent, noted that “this is a very unique job due to the fact there were different floor elevations that we had to reconcile as well as the unique type of displays with complicated indoor environmental requirements.” Meeting the challenges Southland’s Roberts also talked about productivity, saying, “Southland has been signatory with Local 100 for over 20 years. This job would never have been done on time and within the time limit allotted without the Local’s training program and membership’s dedication and work ethic.” Local 100 Business Manager Richard Labille commented on the scope of the project by remarking that, “we have become accustomed to reaching the highest bar set for us at Local 100 when it comes to these large-scale projects in and around the Washington, DC area. “I’m proud of my Brothers and Sisters at Local 100 for the professionalism and high standards they brought to this work. Their contribution to the project will be set in stone as future generations come to visit this building and learn about the Bible and its historic impact.”
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