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Former St. Albans woman at the top of her game with NYC restoration project


Seven years after joining the New York conservation architecture firm CANY, Julie Foster already has worked her way to the top — in terms of elevation, at least.

Since late 2019, the St. Albans native has been project manager for her company in the restoration of the Empire State Building’s dome, which rises more than 200 feet above the skyscraper’s newly reopened 102nd floor upper observatory.

There, more than 1,250 feet above the sidewalks of Midtown Manhattan, Foster leads a 16-person crew of technicians with architecture, engineering, construction and preservation skills, who rappel down the side of the iconic skyscraper’s dome to reach sites were restoration work is needed.

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