Scaling the Monument

by Mark Tamaro, (M.ASCE), Proj. Mgr.; James Madison Cutts Consulting Engineers, Washington, D.C.,
John G. O'Conner, Proj. Mgr.; Universal Builders Supply, Inc., Cheverly, MD,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1999, Vol. 69, Issue 4, Pg. 36-41

Document Type: Feature article


One of the three phases in the restoration of the Washington Monument was the design and construction of an aluminum scaffolding system with both functional and aesthetic purposes. The scaffolding mimicks the shape of the monument, even featuring blue mesh patches arranged to look like the structure's stone coursing on an exaggerated scale. The National Parks Service mandated that the scaffolding be predominantly self-supporting so it wouldn't strain or damage the monument. Lifts and stairs had to be incorporated within the scaffolding's profile to keep all faces parallel with the monument.

Subject Headings: Monuments | Falsework and scaffolds | Strain | Stairs | Rocks | Fouling | Federal government

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