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Renovations to the Washington Building

Richmond, Virginia
Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of General Services
Commonwealth Architects
130,100 square feet

Located on Capitol Square in Richmond, Virginia, the Washington Building was built in 1924 and is one of the oldest state high-rise buildings in the Capitol Square complex. Renovations to the historical building included installing new mechanical and electrical systems, addressing handicap accessibility deficiencies, replacing windows, refinishing floors, and installing new life-safety systems. During the pre-construction phase of the project, the project team focused on solutions to the many challenges inherent in this project. For example, the building had a Metropolitan Floor System, which is a system no longer in use that required structural enhancements. The team found a system that provided structural integrity without significantly affecting the ceiling heights needed to accommodate modern mechanical systems.