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State Pen Bakery Invites Painting Bids

Thursday, January 9, 2014

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The Oregon Department of Corrections is seeking a contractor to apply coatings on a bakery wall at the State Penitentiary in Salem.

Bids are due Jan. 28. A mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held Jan. 16.

Scope of Work

The contractor will apply a fiberglass-reinforced epoxy wall coating system to a concrete block wall in a penitentiary bakery.

OR State Pen archive
oregon.gov

Opened in 1866, the Oregon State Penitentiary is the oldest in the state.

The wall will first be stripped of 850 square feet of multiple layers of existing non-lead coatings with a dust-free system. The contractor will be required to test the paint for the presence of lead before removal; an alternate bid item for removing 850 square feet of lead-containing paint is included.

After paint removal, the contractor will abrasive blast-clean wall surfaces and fill any surface irregularities. The clean surfaces will then receive a grout coat and topcoat of 100% solids epoxy, according to the project documents.

Prison History

Opened in 1866, the Oregon State Penitentiary is the oldest in the state and the only state-run maximum-security prison. With a capacity of 2,242 inmates, the all-male prison occupies 10 acres of land and is surrounded by a 25-foot wall, according to Wikipedia.

OR State Pen
Wikimedia Commons / M.O. Stevens

The project involves surface preparation and coating of a bakery wall at the prison.

The prison gave rise to an innovation known as the "Oregon Boot," a shackle invented by prison warden J.C. Gardner. The boot—officially, the Gardner Shackle—is a heavy iron band that locks around the ankle, keeping the prisoner off balance.

Gardner developed the shackle after a rash of escapes over the prison's original 15-foot-high walls.

The prison population currently fluctuates between 1,900 and 2,100, according to the owner’s site.

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Tagged categories: Abrasive blasting; Bidding; Corrections; Epoxy; Government contracts; Lead

Comment from Lydia Frenzel, (1/9/2014, 2:56 PM)

When I look at this project spec, I have to ask "Why is this project limited to abrasive-blast clean and not include waterjet cleaning or wet abrasive cleaning methods?" It is a coating which may or may no contain lead on a brick wall. Both methods could minimize dust or be "dust free" and lead to a surface suitable for recoating.


Comment from Marian Welsh, (1/9/2014, 3:15 PM)

Interesting insight Lydia!


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