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Arizona State Senate

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Refurbishing the Senate Gallery

Challenge: The theater-style seats in the gallery behind the senate chamber needed to be reupholstered. They also needed to be unbolted from the tiered floor, sand-blasted, refinished and, where necessary, have springs and padding replaced. State Senate Sergeant-At-Arms Joe Kubaki did not want to act as the general contractor for the various providers who could do all these different services, including transporting the huge rows of attached seats out of and back into the capitol. But there are very few (if any) general contractors who would want to tackle this type of project, with a tight schedule and working with unfamiliar subcontractors.

Solution: Under the supervision of the ACI Account Manager, the installation crew began the project as soon as the legislative session ended in July by carefully removing all of the seats. One of ACI’s semi-tractor trailers then moved the seats from downtown Phoenix to its industrial yard in Florence, AZ, some 60 miles southeast of the Capitol. There the metal seating structures were carefully disassembled, cleaned, sandblasted and then powder coated to make them look like new. Next, they went to the nearby upholstery shop, where the new fabric that Joe and the senators selected was affixed to the backs and seats, being careful not to scratch or chip the new finish.

The project stayed on schedule and the seats were back in place in the Senate Chamber gallery well before the 2020 legislative session began.