Cape Hatteras Lighthouse climbing season on hold as restoration work begins

By on February 28, 2021

(Cape Hatteras National Seashore)


The National Park Service says that any Cape Hatteras Lighthouse climbing season this summer would be shortened as the iconic 150-year-old lighthouse begins a major restoration project.

Approximately 500,000 people visit the Cape Hatteras Light Station annually and approximately 1,500 people climb the lighthouse daily between April and October. But, according to Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) spokesperson Michael Barber, the climbing season at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will not begin until at least after the completion of the interior paint removal project, which will begin this month and take several months to complete.

A Feb. 25 update on the restoration project, which can be followed here (Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Restoration Project – Cape Hatteras National Seashore (U.S. National Park Service) (, notes that the full project is scheduled to start later this year after a competitive contracting process and contract award. Repair work is expected to take approximately one year to complete.

In the meantime, the CHNS is performing work that will assist with finalizing restoration plans. That includes:

  1. Testing exterior paint removal methods, e.g. the dry ice paint removal testing that occurred late last year (completed).
  2. Monitoring interior humidity to enhance understanding of historic water intrusion and condensation (underway).
  3. Removing all the interior paint to help the park and potential contractors fully assess the condition of the interior masonry and metalwork prior to restoration. Interior paint removal is anticipated to begin in early or mid-March and continue through early summer 2021 (about to begin).

Barber said the CHNS plans to release updates on the potential for resuming lighthouse climbing in May.


Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


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