New Tower Clocks at the Sidney Yates Building

New Tower Clocks at the Sidney Yates Building

LUMICHRON installs 4 new monument tower clocks  at Washington, D.C., Landmark

Sidney Yates Building, Washington DC

Installation of Clocks Completed at the Sidney Yates, USDA Forest Service Building, May 20, 2015

Picture of custom clock face for isntallation

Because of the entrance stairs, and the amount of traffic in the city, scaffolding was not an option.

another picture of the staging area for the custom clock face witht he clock controller

Staging Area

big outdoor clocks with custom clock face hoisted 75 feet up the monument tower

Everything had to be hoisted 75 feet to the tower

tower clock manufactured with trim ring and clock controller, waiting for installation.

Trim Ring for the Clock

Tower clocks manufactured for monument tower with analog clock control being hoisted for installation

Guidance by Ian Macartney

This 60-inch custom clock face with analog clock control cannot be fitted up the narrow spiral staircase of the monument tower. LUMICHRON engineered a way to deliver and install them from the outside.

The 60-inch diameter polycarbonate clock faces would not have fit up the narrow spiral staircase leading to the clock tower, so LUMICHRON engineered a way to deliver them from the outside.

Almost there - the custom clock face can be seen on the monument tower where everyone can now see the tower clock movement

Almost there! Clock face hoisted up to the North side of the tower

Image of the Washington Monument in the background - the big outdoor tower clock movement with network clock timeserver is kept precisely in time.

The Washington Monument in the background, and the USDA Forest Service Building, Washington, DC, May 20, 2015



Bird's eye view of the Washington Monument, from the clock tower

Bird’s eye view of the Washington Monument, from the clock tower

Ian Macartney (R) and Dustin Matthews (L) of LUMICHRON inside the monument clock tower.

Ian Macartney (R) and Dustin Matthews (L) of LUMICHRON inside the clock tower.

Last week, LUMICHRON completed installation of a set of four new clocks in the tower of the Sidney Yates Building, located at 14th Street and Independence Avenue in Washington, DC.  The Sidney Yates Building Renovation received the 2014 Design-Build Award for Renovation from the Design-Build Institute of America, Mid-Atlantic Region. Grunley Construction Co. Inc. was selected by the General Services Administration for the $20 million renovation of the Romanesque-style building,  which was originally designed by the office of James G. Hill and completed in 1879.  The 180,000-square-foot building houses the Agriculture Department’s U.S. Forest Service and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Although it has always had 4 round openings in the tower, the building never had clocks, until now.  LUMICHRON was contracted by Singleton Electric of Gaithersburg, MD, to build and install the 60-inch diameter clocks, which are kept in perfect sync with each other, as well as in exact synchronization with Atomic time, by the state-of-the-art European computer-controlled automatic mechanisms. The clocks will automatically reset to the correct time in case of power interruptions and for Daylight Saving Time.  The computer controller will turn the illumination on at dusk and off at dawn, according to the clocks’ exact latitude and longitude.  The Yates Building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 for its architecture, and the new clocks will add to its timeless appeal.

The design-build contract called for new mechanical, electrical, heating, air conditioning and fire-protection systems, new windows and a 10,000-square-foot child development center.  Project architects were Studios Architecture (bridging documents)  and RTKL Associates, Inc. (base contract).



Sidney-Yates-Building distant view

View from the Washington Mall: the Sidney Yates GSA Forest Service Building, prior to renovation