"STATEMENT OF WORK"
STATEMENT OF WORK / REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS CONSERVATION AND REWIRING OF TWO CHANDELIERS EXHIBITED AT THE MELROSE MANSION 2009 PMIS114975 ARRA Funded NATCHEZ NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK 1. SCOPE: The contractor shall provide all services necessary to clean and conserve the metal, glass, and fabric and all parts of the two large chandeliers at the Melrose mansion, located at Natchez National Historical Park in Natchez, MS. The contactor shall provide all necessary labor to remove, treat, rewire, and re-hang the chandeliers, and provide detailed treatment reports and photographs. Offerors submitting a proposal shall include a history of past performance related to preservation of historic cemetery headstones with a minimum of 3 references and their contact information. Offerors who do not provide past performance information will be considered non- responsive. 2. BACKGROUND: Melrose, an 1840s antebellum mansion, is one unit of Natchez National Historical Park. Both chandeliers were electrified ca. 1930 after the mansion was first wired for electricity in the 1920s, and this original fixture wiring is still in place. The complete rewiring of the Melrose mansion in 1995 replaced only the circuits in the house but not the wiring within any fixtures. When a third large chandelier was permanently removed from the Melrose parlor in 2001, an examination of its wiring showed considerable deterioration and brittleness of the wire and its cloth covering. The Drawing Room chandelier, NATC 12399, an ornate five-armed gilded brass oil lamp patented in 1845 by Cornelius & Baker of Philadelphia, is the only light fixture in the mansion listed on the inventory of furnishings sold with the mansion by the McMurran family in 1865. The Back Hall chandelier, NATC 12400, a bronzed two- lamp carcel oil fixture with a patented clock mechanism for pumping oil to the wicks, is not listed on the 1865 inventory but shows prominently in the earliest interior photographs of the mansion, ca. 1900. The two chandeliers are displayed in the furnished room exhibits of the Melrose mansion and date to the nineteenth century. Along with other original furnishings, these chandeliers are considered as contributing elements to the estate’s National Historic Landmark status. All conservation treatment must be carried out in accordance with the principles and practices specified in the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC). Ethical considerations as well as NPS Management Policies call for restoration treatment to be the minimum necessary, fully documented, and without fraudulent intent. 1 NPS policy calls for a “minimal intervention” treatment strategy of doing the least possible to the object that in any way alters its significant characteristics. However, it is recognized that appearance is a high priority in the conservation treatment of fine arts and decorative objects, which are valued for aesthetic reason. It is most important that a licensed electrician sign off on the correctness of the rewiring. 3. JOB CONDITIONS: Any visits to the job site for examination or on-site work must be coordinated during regular work hours with the park museum curator, Cheryl Munyer, so that she can be on-site. She can be reached at 601-445-5395 (office) or 601-870-8011 (cell) via e-mail at Cheryl_Munyer@nps.gov. Food, drink, and tobacco products are not allowed inside the Melrose mansion. All work on-site must be done in accordance with NPS safety policies. 4. ARRA Funded Project This project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. 5. PROPOSALS: The contractor should include the following information in the proposal: a. A current resume that indicates education and experience in conservation treatment that provides at least three references with email information. b. A detailed description of approach, including commonly used methods, techniques, materials, and expected results. Include plans to disconnect and remove the chandeliers for transport to an off-site facility and methods of transportation (e.g., methods of packing and shipping) and security of facility where work will be accomplished. c. A statement indicating technical capacity to accomplish the work required (e.g., facilities, equipment, insurance requirements) and of ability to meet required dates of completion. d. Include a statement that a licensed electrician(s) will assist with the removal and re-installation of the chandeliers and will sign off on the project when complete. e. Evidence of past experience in comparable projects. f. A sample treatment report. 2 g. The contractor shall make and independent assessment of each chandelier either by a scheduled onsite visit or by the photos provided. Based on this information, the contractor shall submit treatment proposals to Warren Pannell. h. Submit proposals by 4/5/2010: Attn: Warren Pannell Lead Contracting Officer: West ASU - SERO, (NATR MABO) National Park Service Address: 2680 Natchez Trace Parkway City, State, & Zip Code: Tupelo, MS 38804 Telephone No. 662-680-4009 Fax No. 662-680-4033 E-mail: email@example.com i. Questions and requests for photographs by CD should be submitted to: Cheryl Munyer, Museum Curator By Email: Cheryl_Munyer@NPS.gov By Mail: Cheryl Munyer Natchez national Historical Park 640 South Canal Street Box E Natchez, MS 39120 By Fax: 601-445-5399 6. PROJECT DESCRIPTION: a. The contractor shall make and independent assessment of each chandelier either by an onsite visit or by the photos provided. The photos of the chandelier are not equal to an onsite visit as they do not show every area of the chandeliers. A site visit is highly recommended. Based on this information, the contractor shall submit treatment proposals to Warren Pannell. b. The contractor shall propose how to disconnect and remove the chandeliers for transport to an off-site facility. The statement should describe proposed methods of transportation (e.g., methods of packing and shipping); security of facility where work will be accomplished. c. The contractor shall ensure that the ceiling, plaster medallion, walls, carpeting, doors, and other parts of the mansion and period furnishings 3 are not soiled or harmed in the process. Park staff will remove furniture from the area. d. The contractor will provide any scaffolding or stage to access the 15 foot ceilings and will promptly remove it upon completion. e. A licensed electrician must assist with the removal and re-installation of the chandeliers. f. The contractor will clean and conserve the chandelier, polish the metals where polish is needed, repair broken areas and restore areas of loss. Special attention should be paid to preserving the original finish and patina of the metals. While a clean and conserved product is desired, a “shiny new” look is not desired and would reduce the object’s historical integrity. Except for the old wiring, replacement of components with new material should be approved by park staff in advance. Regarding the fabric wrap on the carcel chandelier, a large sample of the original fabric and both tassels should be cleaned and returned to the park. The contractor should replace the wrap with an in kind silk fabric approved by the park. g. The contractor should not “strip” the chandeliers of their finish. Care should be taken to examine the objects, determine the original finish and appearance and preserve the patinated areas. All efforts should be made to preserve the original finish, original plating, original coloring and patina. h. Environmentally friendly materials should be utilized when available. i. Once awarded, the contractor shall carry out the treatment as proposed and approved by park staff. j. The contractor shall provide property insurance coverage. Total value to be insured is $100,000.00. k. Upon completion, the contractor shall deliver detailed treatment reports for each chandelier detailing exactly what treatment was carried and what materials were used. The report must include before, during, and after photos both printed and on CD. The treatment report shall include recommendations regarding post-treatment care of the chandeliers. Documentation signed by a licensed electrician certifying the correctness of the re-wiring must be included. Treatment shall take into account the possible importance of preserving signs of wear and patina 4 7. DELIVERABLE: The deliverable for this project is the conservation and rewiring of two of the Melrose mansion chandeliers, NATC 12399 and NATC 12400. A second deliverable includes the detailed treatment reports, excess materials, and sign off by an electrician. 8. DELEGATING AND SUBCONTRACTING: As the project requires work in a variety of areas including metals, fabric, and electrical rewiring, it is likely the contractor will delegate and subcontract portions of this project. If the contractor delegates work, he or she is directly responsible for the work. This includes work delegate to trainees, volunteer, subordinates, or outside agencies. 9. EXCESS MATERIALS: A sampling of six inches of the old wiring from each chandelier should be saved and any other materials removed as part of the treatment shall also be preserved, labeled, and returned to the park in sealed ziplock style bags. 10. CONTRACT PERFORMANCE PERIOD: The government requires completion of this contract within 120 days of the notice to proceed. 11. PAYMENT: One lump sum payment will be made when the job is complete unless alternate payment is arranged with the contracting officer in advance. 5