Raleigh Building Renovation


Client: Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

DJG recently designed a complete gut and rehabilitation of a former 1907 apartment house into the new Headquarters for the Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. Our designs included the repairs for the cracking foundation and water infiltration; repointing exterior masonry; maintaining the existing ADA compliant entrance; a new elevator system; new exit stairs; new floor plan layouts; exterior door and window repairs new storm windows; new ADA compliant restrooms; repair to plaster walls and ceilings; new painting and flooring throughout; and new suspended ceilings. A new HVAC system with dedicated outdoor air unit and new piping will be installed. New domestic water and sanitary distribution systems will be installed, including new piping, a new backflow preventer, a new water heater, and new water coolers. Electrical service will be replaced to meet building loads and improve efficiency.

The project is designed to comply with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources guidelines for the historic district designation in addition to becoming a modern 21st Century Sustainable building. Sustainable improvements include exterior building envelope improvements, a highly efficient Variable Refrigerant Flow HVAC system with individual zone control, and a new LED lighting system with occupancy sensor controls.