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But the end goal was to respectfully restore the exterior while renovating the interior. The preservation also encompassed the task of maximizing usable area on the ground floor for the federal property manager and its tenant agencies while creating comfortable office environments with contemporary amenities. The historic structure is now meticu-

lously preserved to its circa 1871 appearance through multiple construction phases. Work included slate and granite restoration, wood and steel preservation, and door and window conversion. Moisture infiltration on the ground floor required extensive research in removing granite slabs, installing moisture barriers and resetting granite. This allowed the occupancy of nearly 16,000 square feet of space on the ground floor. Bronze doors and grillwork tarnished over years were restored. Eight years and four phases of construction, the project also included exterior improvements such as copper conservation; installing waterproofing beneath the exterior granite stairs and then resetting the historic granite; restoring the bronze doors, hardware and grill at the entry points; and repairing and refinishing of all exterior doors, windows, hardware and shutters, including its operability. Interior restoration to the circa 1871 appearance was the central focus of phase III, where in-depth paint analysis revealed the rich Victorian-era colors of the interior. The richness of these colors is evident in the public entry lobbies, stairwells and the historic cortile, and in other private interior spaces. Each produce stand is manufactured by S.C. Prison Industries and distributed by truck to rural locations statewide.


FIrM CreDItS Rick Bousquet, AIA, LEED AP; Geoff Mohney, AIA, LEED AP; Jay White, AIA, LEED AP, Julie Voisin, RA

ClIeNt General Services Administration

INterIOr DeSIGN Liollio Architecture

StrUCtUrAl eNGINeer Larkin Engineering, Inc.

UNDerwAter eNGINeer Collins Engineering

Mep eNGINeer Rosser

CONtrACtOr Phase 1: JW Poole, Inc. Phase 2: JW Poole, Inc. Phase 3: ABBA Construction Phase 4: JW Poole, Inc.

lOCAtION Charleston, SC

pAINt CONSerVAtOr: Building Conservation Associates

pHOtOGrApHY Exterior Photograph: Rick Rhodes Photography Interior Photographs: Jay White


AIASC Magazine 2013  

South Carolina Architecture is the annual publication of the American Institute of Architects, South Carolina Chapter.

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