State Pen Bakery Invites Painting Bids


The Oregon Department of Corrections is seeking a contractor to apply coatings on a bakery wall at the State Penitentiary in Salem.

Bids are due Jan. 28. A mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held Jan. 16.

Scope of Work

The contractor will apply a fiberglass-reinforced epoxy wall coating system to a concrete block wall in a penitentiary bakery.

The wall will first be stripped of 850 square feet of multiple layers of existing non-lead coatings with a dust-free system. The contractor will be required to test the paint for the presence of lead before removal; an alternate bid item for removing 850 square feet of lead-containing paint is included.

After paint removal, the contractor will abrasive blast-clean wall surfaces and fill any surface irregularities. The clean surfaces will then receive a grout coat and topcoat of 100% solids epoxy, according to the project documents.

Prison History

Opened in 1866, the Oregon State Penitentiary is the oldest in the state and the only state-run maximum-security prison. With a capacity of 2,242 inmates, the all-male prison occupies 10 acres of land and is surrounded by a 25-foot wall, according to Wikipedia.

OR State Pen
Wikimedia Commons / M.O. Stevens

The project involves surface preparation and coating of a bakery wall at the prison.

The prison gave rise to an innovation known as the "Oregon Boot," a shackle invented by prison warden J.C. Gardner. The boot—officially, the Gardner Shackle—is a heavy iron band that locks around the ankle, keeping the prisoner off balance.

Gardner developed the shackle after a rash of escapes over the prison's original 15-foot-high walls.

The prison population currently fluctuates between 1,900 and 2,100, according to the owner’s site.

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Tagged categories: Abrasive blasting; Bidding; Coatings Technology; Corrections; Epoxy; Government contracts; Interior Wall Coatings; Lead

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