Construction bids open for Coast Guard museum building

“This is the big one and a great milestone for this project,” the retired Coast Guard captain and president of the National Coast Guard Museum Association said. “People are going to see steel out of the ground later this fall.” Bids for the 89,000-square-foot, six-story museum building and its associated interior systems were put out Thursday by the North Stonington-based A/Z Corporation, which is overseeing the work. The scope of the work at 1790 Waterfront Dr. includes concrete foundation, skeletal steel and flooring jobs, as well as exterior metal panel, glass curtain wall and roofing components. Companies are also invited to bid on elevator, fireproofing, plumbing and electrical work. The project is being handled through a phased construction approach that began with site preparation behind Union Station about 18 months ago and continues with the installation of roughly 240 micropiles. Pulver said a project timeline still calls for the museum building to be completed in 2025 before being turned over to Coast Guard officials who will set an official opening date. The bridge will likely not be completed until 2026.

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