Interior Finishes Study

U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC

In 2010, our conservators worked with HGA Architects for the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) to conduct a feasibility study of the upgrading of infrastructure of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C.

We were the preservation consultant on a large multidisciplinary team of building professionals tasked with conceptualizing and designing a full plumbing upgrade for the building.  The feasibility study consisted of night-time surveys of every square inch of the building to document interior finishes, artwork, statuary, and architectural features in order to establish a hierarchy of internal spaces. This data was then cross-referenced with the location of interior systems to determine strategies for completing the necessary work while protecting and maintaining the fabric of the building. Once the data was gathered and collated, the team conducted a series of brainstorming meetings that resulted in an illustrated feasibility report with recommendations and schematic budget estimates for use by AOC staff in their preliminary planning and discussions for projected work on the Capitol.