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October 2012
Statue of Liberty Pedestal Renovation Completed

The Statue of Liberty’s pedestal recently underwent renovation for the installation of new main and emergency elevators and two independent, code-compliant stairs. The project upgraded visitor safety and comfort. As part of the multi-discipline design team led by Mills + Schnoering Architects, Keast & Hood Co. provided:

  • Structural engineering consultation on an initial three-month pre-project to replace helical railings, culminating in the crown reopening July 4, 2009 for the first time in eight years.

  • Comprehensive structural design and construction administration services for the pedestal interior renovation and two new egress routes that traverse abandoned elements of the War of 1812-era Fort Wood surrounding the statue.

  • Full Revit (BIM) modeling of the new elevator shaft and two separate but intertwined stair structures that ascend within the pedestal and around the existing statue hold-down structures.

  • Extensive site representation to respond rapidly to multiple field conditions and help maintain the tight construction schedule.

Images courtesy National Park Service

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