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The George Washington University
Washington, DC

Conditions Assessment, Exterior Envelope Repair, Interior Restoration, Reprogramming

DBA is the preservation architect for the comprehensive renovation of the Beaux-Arts building that housed the Corcoran Gallery of Art from 1874 through 2014. Supporting Leo A. Daly, DBA is responsible for developing design solutions to repair the white marble exterior envelope, copper and glass roof, and bronze decorative elements. Restoration work is to include stone repair, repointing, and window and door repair. Investigations, assessments and documentation of exterior materials and conditions will be conducted to ensure a sensitive and thorough restoration that will endure the test of time. Additionally DBA is designing a new ADA compliant ramp that is compatible with the historic style of the building’s exterior.

DBA will also be overseeing portions of interior work to ensure that the integration of new programming, modern utilities, and state-of-the-art technologies does not compromise the unique character of this National Historic Landmark.

Leo A Daly and DBA are working closely with The George Washington University to minimize disturbance to classes and to schedule construction based on the University’s needs and academic calendar. Phase 1 will consist of the examination of existing conditions and critical infrastructure rehabilitation upgrades that were identified during the acquisition of the property. The team will immediately shift into Phase 2 – programming for Interim Space Needs of the University including program review with user groups, various test fits for stakeholder review and construction documents and construction administration.   A Long Term Programming Analysis will be conducted during Phase 3 of work.


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