Track 4: This New World: Preservation technology and emerging issues within our historic buildings and built landscapes
2 - Avoiding Mistakes when Integrating MEP System Upgrades into our Historic Buildings
Wednesday, September 26
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Integrating new mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems into historic buildings is not simple, is not straight forward, is not "cook-book," and is not an exact science. Respect for the historic structure is critical, and collaboration with architects, historians, conservators, owners, contractors, the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ), and all other team members is a must. Engineers must listen to what the building is telling the design team regarding the integration of modern mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems. This presentation will discuss experiences dealing with the integration of MEP systems into buildings such as the Michigan State Capitol – Lansing, MI,; the Wyoming State Capitol – Master Plan and Renovation/Historic Restoration – Cheyenne, WY; the New Jersey Executive Statehouse Comprehensive Renovation, Trenton, NJ; the Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion – Historic Facilities Conditions Assessment – Chevy Chase, MD; the Clara Barton Apartment – Historic Restoration – Washington, D.C.; the United States Supreme Court Building – Modernization and Renovation – Washington, D.C.; the Virginia State Capitol – Historic Restoration – Richmond, VA; the Lincoln Cottage – Lincoln Administration and Visitor Center – Washington, D.C.; and the Please Touch Museum - Condition Assessment Study - Philadelphia, PA.
- appreciate the subtle complexities of working with engineers to integrate modern MEP systems into historic building structures.
- list MEP system options available for installation in existing historic structures.
- describe actual MEP systems currently being designed and installed in three (3) State Capitols.
- describe specific reasons why the integration of MEP systems into historic structures is significantly more difficult that providing similar systems into new construction.