The Maryland Stadium Authority hired a Columbia-based company yesterday to remove concrete drips and other dirt from the structural steel beams at the new ballpark at Camden Yards, a job that could cost as much as $89,735.
The Stadium Authority awarded the contract to Midway Power Wash, which submitted the low bid of $1,675 a day. The company is assigning five workers to the job. They are expected to spend up to two months shooting water and detergent at the dingy steel.
The cleaning job is routine and had been scheduled for sometime before the ballpark's expected opening next April, said stadium authority executive director Bruce Hoffman.
The steel-cleaners started working at the ballpark yesterday. Theyare expected to finish before the weather turns cooler. Mr. Hoffman said that the cleaners will be followed on the job by workers applying touch-up paint to nicked beams -- which account for about 1 percent of all ballpark steel. Painting cannot be done when temperatures are below 55 degrees, he said.
The bill for the steel-cleaning will not be the Stadium Authority's alone. Mr. Hoffman said George Hyman Construction Co. and Trinity Industries Inc., companies responsible for creating the grime, will pay up to two-thirds of the cleaning bill.
The authority also hired the person who will oversee most maintenance chores at the new ballpark, including making sure that soda cups are picked up after every game. Sherman Kerbel began work as director of facilities management at the new ballpark yesterday. Mr. Kerbel, who will earn $66,500 in his new post, had worked for Martin Marietta Corp. in a similar job.