On July 11, 2019, the State Historical Preservation Office (SHPO) informed the FCCW that they had approved our application and will provide us up to $20K in matching funds for the church to hire an expert fine arts conservator to advise on the plaster repair and repainting of the sanctuary, narthex, and three stairwells in the meetinghouse. Trustees have pre-approved up to $8K for these services ($4K FCCW and $4K SHPO).
The SHPO insist that the hiring process be competitive. Three conservators were sent a SHPO pre-approved RFP: David Riccio (John Canning, Cheshire), Gianfranco Pocobene (Boston, MA), Kelly Caldwell and Brooke Russell (Evergreene, Brooklyn, NY). A pre-bid walk-through by the three conservators will be held at 11AM on Thursday, September 12. Members of the congregation are invited to be present.
As stated in the RFP, the FCCW will expect the conservators to:-
• Assess the current condition of the interior surfaces of the Meetinghouse
• In their written proposal, describe the scope of work needed to repaint.
o The need (or not) to remove the previously-used latex paint from the plaster surfaces
o To recommend the correct materials that should be used to repair plaster and to repaint
o To advise on repainting design options that are consistent with the history of the building and provide either a visual electronic example or a mock-up of the proposed décor.
o To advise on the choice of colors that are consistent with the history of the building and provide either a visual electronic example or a mock-up of the proposed colors.
o To provide an itemized estimate of projected costs for the actual work (including scaffolding) that can be used to apply for future funding for the repainting.
• If chosen by the FCCW, the conservator, will be expected to provide a written report and to present of his/her recommendations to the FCCW congregation
• The conservators will include in their proposal the costs/charges for their services (described above)
Bids from each of the three conservators are due by Noon on Thursday, September 26. At that time, the Trustees will open all bids and must choose the conservator with the lowest bid – providing that the conservator is fully qualified and meets the requirements of the RFP. The SHPO must also approve the church’s choice of conservator. Conservators will be informed whether or not they were chosen by October 11, 2019. Then the FCCW will contract with the chosen conservator to provide their services, including a written report than can be used to apply for future funding for the actual work.
B. Joyce Simpson (trustee)