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