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Mystery shroud: Water tower at UVM draped in canvas
Behind a thick curtain, sand-blasting and painting are underway on a city-owned water tower near University of Vermont Medical Center, Sept. 22, 2020.
It could be a work of art — or a graphic reminder to wear a face covering — but the towering, billowing canvas shroud near University of Vermont Medical Center was erected to help restore a water tank.
As weather permits, crews are sandblasting the 1954-vintage storage tank and preparing to repaint it.
A mesh of cables support the curtain, and debris is ducted into a noisy filtration system at the tower’s base.
Location: UVM campus; south of hospital, north of Jeffords Hall.
Expected completion: Weather dependent. Late September/early October likely.
What’s being built: Stripped of paint and primer, a top-down surface restoration.
- Last painted in 2010.
- Tank capacity is 500,000 gallons
- Water has been drained from tank during restoration job.
- No mural or other art is planned for the finished paint job.
What’s being replaced: Decade-old paint job.
Project cost: Approximately $850,000.
Developer: Burlington Department of Public Works, Water Division.
The city-owned tank helps maintain adequate water pressure for Burlington’s higher elevation customers, including UVM and the hospital, according to Rob Goulding, a spokesman for Public Works.
Contact Joel Banner Baird at 802-660-1843 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @VTgoingUp.
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