JUNEAU — Up to $890,000 in work is expected to begin at the Governor’s Mansion this summer, including replacement of a retaining wall and removal of soil contaminated by lead paint.
Gov. Sean Parnell and first lady Sandy Parnell plan to continue living at the home in Juneau while the work is under way, the governor’s spokeswoman said.
The project includes replacing a retaining wall that Tanci Mintz, the state leasing and facilities manager, said is deteriorating and has been on the Department of Administration’s deferred maintenance list for four years. Plans also call for replacing the white-wood fence around the property and removing soil believed to have been contaminated by lead paint used on the house’s exterior years ago. Also scheduled to be replaced is a pathway, which Mintz said is narrow and missing bricks.
According to a fact sheet, provided by Mintz, the existing rock retaining wall and fence are 40-50 years old, with the retaining wall — which helps with things like soil erosion — “falling down in places.” The new fence and wall will be “low maintenance and built to last for generations to come,” the fact sheet states. The state is looking at putting up artist renderings of what the property will look like when the work is done, Mintz said.
NORTECH, an engineering consulting firm that evaluated the site, found lead paint chip-contaminated soils around the drip lines of the house, as well as among the landscaping and around the fence.
In a corrective action plan, dated last month, the company said the paint chips stem from a 2011 renovation project in which the building was repainted.
It said three of the soil samples collected exceeded the Department of Environmental Conservation’s “action level” for lead-contaminated soil at a residence.
Mintz said the problem is lead paint used “many, many” years ago to paint the house’s exterior that has flaked-off and gotten into the soil. “It’s not a high level of lead at all, but we want to make sure that there is no lead,” she said.
Work is tentatively scheduled to begin in August and be completed in October, save for landscaping work. A landscaping project, which Mintz said will include plants native to Alaska, is scheduled to begin next spring.
The estimated total cost of $800,000 to $890,000 includes the landscaping, Mintz said.