Commonwealth landmark in downtown Harrisburg to undergo extensive rehab by veteran owned company.

Dillsburg, PA 05/05/2014– The historic Forum Building in downtown Harrisburg is about to undergo a major rehabilitation and preservation effort by RLS Construction Group (RLS), with work expected to get underway in May.  RLS is major midstate-based general contractor and construction company with extensive experience in public property rehabilitation. 

Built in 1931 by architects William Gehron and Sidney Ross at 500 Walnut Street, the Forum Auditorium rehab effort will focus upon restoring and preserving the historic murals, maps and other architecture, along with replacing the nearly 1800 seats in the unique public gathering space. 

RLS President and CEO Robert Schopfer said his firm “was honored to be selected for the work and looks forward to preserving this distinctive architectural treasure for the enjoyment of many generations to come.  We deeply respect and value what this building means to the citizens of Pennsylvania, and will work diligently to ensure its future.”  He also noted that his company has performed similar rehab and preservation work for public properties across the Mid-Atlantic U.S., and brings a special skill-set and appreciation for the work to the project. 

Under the contract awarded by the PA Dept. of General Services, RLS will provide both interior and exterior work, including:

Interior: Ceiling and wall mural conservation and repairs through structural and mechanical upgrades; the repair and preserve auditorium flooring; seating removal and replacement; and the installation of new floor lighting.  Preventing future water damage to the historic murals is also part of the project.

Exterior: Repair and replacement of auditorium entrance concourse and surrounding public walkways; and the repair and upgrade of the vehicular loading ramps on the building’s south side.