News Release

July 24, 2012

Kīlauea Lighthouse Restoration Phase II Construction Lighting the way to the 2013 Centennial Celebration

Media Contacts:
Brad Senatra, (503) 231-2089

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has awarded the Phase II construction contract for the restoration of the Historic 1913 Lighthouse, the world renowned landmark of the Kīlauea community.

Brad Senatra, USFWS Contracting Officer Representative, announced McMillen, LLC (McMillen) was selected to complete the Phase II Restoration. McMillen will provide repairs to the interior and exterior concrete tower, open the closed vents and windows, install new windows, corbels, and doors, and restore the exterior coating to its earlier historic appearance. Phase II construction commenced July 9, 2012. During the restoration efforts, the refuge will be closed from July 27 through August 3, 2012, for the safety of visitors and wildlife.

McMillen, a family owned business, is working closely with refuge staff and the Kīlauea Point Natural History Association (KPNHA), the nonprofit organization and Refuge Friends group who spearheaded the restoration efforts, to ensure its completion in time for the highly anticipated May 2013 Centennial Celebration.

McMillen is committed to working closely with local subcontractors which is why the following highly qualified firms from Hawai'i are a core part of the team; Paradise Millworks (wood windows fabricator from Kaua'i), Abhe &Svoboda, Inc (specialty paint contractor from O'ahu), and Fusion Werks Welding & Fabrication (specialty steel fabricator from O'ahu).

"The team is very excited to begin Phase ll of the Light Station Restoration and the cooperative spirit of everyone involved will move this project forward with great momentum," said Shannon Smith, USFWS Project Leader, Kaua'i National Wildlife Refuge Complex. "The community has been waiting patiently and we are proud to announce our continued efforts to restore the K+lauea Light Station as a beacon for generations to come."

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