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Skylights at Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute get an upgrade

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A renovation at the Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute will make an even safer environment for the art housed in one of the buildings.

Workers are replacing all the skylights on the main sculpture court of the building.

Ron Draper, the director of facilities at Munson Williams says this is an upgrade that should have been past due. When the skylights were originally put in back in 1959, they were only expected to last 25 years.

The original manufacturer out of Maine is putting in the new skylights and fitting them to the building.

Draper says the upgrade will reduce the ultraviolet exposure to the artwork in the building.

But the sun's rays are not the only elements that could cause damage to the invaluable art.

" The most complicated portion of the job will be replacing the skylights so there's no exposures to the elements," Draper said.

In Central New York, rain can pose a hazard as well, so timing is key.

The project will cost $150,000 to complete.

The replacement was not the result of any structural problems in the building, it was simply time to do the work.

" We haven't had any leaks in the building, but we want to do it as a preventative measure so we don't have those issues in the future."

They want to keep the building as original as possible.

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