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Madison County Buildings and Grounds: Re-paint court house dome

After evaluating several possible roofing treatments for the Madison County Court House dome, the County Buildings and Grounds Committee decided last week it will paint the dome.

Bill Gambino of Bivens Architects brought samples of the membrane chosen by the committee last month to replace the flaking gold-painted finish on the structure. All the members of the committee expressed displeasure with the appearance of the membrane, which they felt would wind up looking too much like a silo.

Last month, the committee voted to proceed with a green membrane that would replicate oxidized copper. The membrane, with a 20-year warranty was hoped to be a longer-term fix than paint, which has had to be redone about every five years.

According to Gambino, despite the membrane's expected lifespan, the finish could begin to fade in as little as five years. Between that information, their disappointment with the appearance of the product and the new discovery that the installation of the membrane would require anchoring through the existing tin roof, it was enough for the committee to reverse its decision from last month and opt for paint.

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