Request for Proposals for Conservation Services, Exterior Masonry Assessment and Paint Removal Tests at the Chief of Mission Residence – UPDATED

As of October 28, 2020 the closing date of the solicitation has been extended to November 13, 2020 at 12:00, local time.

Request for Proposals for Conservation Services, Exterior Masonry Assessment and Paint Removal Tests at the Chief of Mission Residence (CMR).

The United States Government’s Chief of Mission Residence (CMR) in Copenhagen, Denmark dates to 1885 and is locally and nationally protected due to its cultural and architectural significance.  This property is included on the US Department of State’s List of Significant Properties.

The residence is a three-story brick masonry structure with a slate roof.  The decorative exterior masonry was originally unfinished, however in the mid-twentieth century, the US Government painted the exterior white.

The exterior masonry and basement level foundation walls are exhibiting deterioration presumably due to exposure to trapped moisture beneath the paint.  A recently completed Historic Structures Report has identified that capital maintenance to the exterior wall system is needed to preserve the historic character of the building.  Per the recommendations in this report, the structure will eventually require paint removal, cleaning, localized repointing, and minor masonry repairs.

The US Department of State is seeking a consultant to perform a material investigation of the exterior walls and surfaces of the Chief of Mission Residence (CMR) with the objective of documenting existing conditions, conducting paint removal and cleaning tests, sampling for material analysis, and preparing a summary report with treatment recommendations in advance of a future repair campaign.  It is the goal of the Office of Cultural Heritage (CH), Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), to conduct maintenance and repairs to historic structures in a manner consistent with internationally accepted best preservation practices.

All aspects of the scope of work shall be completed by contractors with demonstrable work experience on historic buildings.  Contractor personnel shall possess knowledge of the chemical and physical properties of historic building materials, and have specialized training as well as a minimum of five years of professional experience in the evaluation, testing, and treatment (specifically cleaning and repair) of historic masonry.  Contractor qualifications and three examples of previous similar projects shall be submitted together with the proposal.

As of Monday August 3, 2020, the Embassy is soliciting proposals from interested vendors.


Offers are due by November 13, 2020 at 12:00 (local time). (UPDATED!)

A site visit will occur on August 19, 2020. Social distancing and requirements will be enforced.

For any interested bidders or further information of the project, please contact:

Copenhagen Procurement Team
Phone: +45 3341 7100


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