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New Point Lighthouse is the ultimate renovation project

First Class Contracting of Richmond will be working on the restoration of New Point Comfort Lighthouse. Here, co-owner George Avgeros, left, is shown with two members of his team—Mathews resident Gary Bunch, who is serving as marine coordinator, and First Class human resources manager Chuck Widgeon.

George Avgeros, co-owner of First Class Contracting of Richmond, said he is excited about the project his company was awarded to restore New Point Comfort Lighthouse.

“In our lifetime, this is the last lighthouse that needs restoring,” he said. “I don’t think this job exists anywhere else. They move them, they paint them, but they don’t do all this.”

By “all this,” Avgeros means restoration of the exterior sandstone that makes up the structure, removal of the cupola and replacement of all metal parts, replacement of the door and all the windows, and repairs to the gallery catwalk and lantern room. There will also be foundation repairs, the installation of solar panels and associat...

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