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Corps of Engineers awards contract for masonry repairs at Edward MacDowell Dam in Peterborough

Published Nov. 21, 2017

CONCORD, Mass. Masonry repairs at the gate tower of the Edward MacDowell Dam in Peterborough, New Hampshire, will be completed under the terms of a $148,862.00 contract recently awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District. Work will be accomplished by V Tech Enterprises LLC of Middletown, Conn. The contract was awarded on Nov. 3, 2017. Once a notice to proceed is issued construction will be authorized to start. Construction is scheduled to extend over a one-month period.


This project consists of the following components: installing new external brick masonry expansion joints on all four sides of the gatehouse; installing steel anchor rods at the corners; re-pointing all four walls of masonry in their entirety; repointing the limestone belt near the top of the gatehouse; replacing all loose or cracked bricks; replacing the cracked limestone lintel located to the east side of the entrance door above the window; removing old failed paint on eight transoms as well as window jambs by using hand tools such as chipping hammers or wire brushes; applying an epoxy rust penetrating sealer product to the transoms once the failed paint is removed; overcoating the sealer on the transoms with a paint product as recommended by the manufacturer of the sealer, in a color to match the existing color of the existing paint system.  


The repair project will be managed by the Corps and all work will be accomplished under the supervision of a Corps’ Quality Assurance Representative to assure compliance with contract requirements.


Edward MacDowell Dam was completed in 1950 at a cost of $2 million. It consists of an earth fill dam with stone slope protection 1,100 feet long and 67 feet high with a capacity of more than four billion gallons of water. It has prevented damages of about $20.8 million to date. There is a conservation pool covering an area of 165 acres and having a maximum depth of about seven feet. The flood storage area totals 840 acres and covers parts of Hancock, Dublin and Harrisville. The lake and all associated project lands cover 1,469 acres. This is equivalent to 5.4 inches of water covering its drainage area of 44 square miles.


For recreational information at Edward MacDowell Lake call (603) 924-3431 or visit the lake’s web site at www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/EdwardMacDowellLake.aspx.


For contract information visit: www.nae.usace.army.mil/BusinessWithUs/Contracting.aspx. For general information visit: www.nae.usace.army.mil/. For Small Business information visit: www.nae.usace.army.mil/BusinessWithUs/SmallBusiness.aspx.


Tim Dugan

Release no. 17-129