The Pentagon, Arlington, VA
THE EXTERIOR SURFACE:
THE CHALLENGE: The building had not been cleaned since
its construction in the early years of World War II and was badly
stained black after 50 years of neglect. Due to the historic
significance of the building and the unique security considerations
that were part of the project, the undertaking required a cleaning
company that could handle both the sensitivity of the exterior
surface and accomodate the unique scheduling demands.
Complicating matters, the 1998 Iraqi crisis occurred during the
project, adding even deeper security measures and scheduling
conflicts. Moreover, the Pentagon is often called the largest office
building in the country: it is twice the size of the Merchandize
Mart in Chicago and has three times the floor space of
New York's Empire State Building.
THE METRO CLEAN SOLUTION: Metro Clean was selected
through a competitive bidding process similar to all government
procurements. Not only was Metro Clean's price overwhelmingly
lower than all other bidders on the project but the project
timetable Metro Clean committed to was more than 10 times
faster than any other bidding company. In fact, the five outer
wall surfaces -- any single one of which is large enough to fit the
National Capitol Building in it -- were cleaned in one week.
The Pentagon's historic limestone was preserved using the
company's unique high-volume Low-Pressure SolutionTM.
THE RESULT: Officials from the Federal Government were
impressed. The building was restored to its original color for the
first time in decades, and the job was completed in less time than
anyone thought possible. Most importantly, the Metro Clean
approach saved the government literally hundreds of thousands
of dollars: the next lowest bid from a power was company to
clean the building was just under a million dollars and would
have taken months longer to clean.