The county tower lighting project is not for decoration

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If you thought Clark Griswold’s Christmas lighting project for his home was difficult, you should see the lighting project that the Guilford County government is about to launch.

The County Department of Emergency Services is overhauling the 800 megahertz Summerfield Tower lights at 5501 Centerfield Road in Summerfield.

Guilford County Emergency Services Director Jim Albright said this week that the project is a long time coming.

“We’re replacing the tower’s original lighting system that dates back to 1996,” Albright said. “We are replacing it with a much more modern system, and this price request [Request for Qualifications] is for qualified tower contractors to remove the old system and replace it with the new one.

He added that it will be quite a task.

“The tower is high,” he said, “and the installers have to climb it and work on it.”

To be exact, the tower is 660 feet tall.

The lights may or may not be pretty, but they serve an important purpose: “aviation obstruction lighting” increases the tower’s all-weather visibility so that, among other things, airplanes and other flying objects do not don’t fly in it. .

Overhead security lighting is often used on towers, tall buildings, and large bridges.

This week, Guilford County opened the project to bids from contractors. These offers will be taken by the Guilford County Purchasing Department until the 2 p.m. deadline on Thursday, June 2.

Guilford County is hosting a virtual pre-proposal meeting on Tuesday, May 17 and a guided site visit will take place on Wednesday, May 18 at Summerfield Tower.

Guilford County always seeks – though often unsuccessfully – the participation of minority and women-owned businesses in major projects. The county has announced that it is also seeking these participants for this project.

If you’re a business owner that puts big lights on big structures, you can find tender documents, drawings and specifications on the County Vendor Self-Service Automated Bidding System. of Guilford at: https://guilfordcountync.munisselfservice.com.

Respondents and their contractors must be licensed in North Carolina.

A bid deposit is not required, but Guilford County advises bidders that the county “reserves the right to reject any or all bids and waive formalities.”

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