GSA Robert Nix Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse Re-Design

GSA Alton Lennon Federal Building and Courthouse Building Assessment and Water Infiltration Study

Owner: General Services Administration

Project Value: $189K

Completion: 2019

Market: Federal & Public Agencies

Services: Construction Quality Management, Inspection

The Alton Lennon Federal Building and Courthouse is a historic federal building located in Wilmington, NC. The three-story Neoclassical building constructed in 1919 was originally designed to hold the Customs House.

In September 2018, the Lennon Federal Building was subject to wind, rain, and flooding during Hurricane Florence. During the storm, the building lost power for an extended period. This combined with aging MEP systems created an opportunity for mold growth in the building. Following the storm, mechanical systems could not be turned back on for several months to prevent the mold from spreading further.

In April 2019, AFG won the contract to perform a Building Assessment and Water Intrusion Study. This study allowed AFG to identify interior and exterior building elements which were impacted by Hurricane Florence and required immediate repair and replacement prior to the building being reoccupied. The assessment included recommending repairs to interior finishes that have been impacted due to water or mold, itemized budgetary cost estimates for each recommended repair, and analysis of systems in the building and whether they can be repaired or salvaged. Priorities for this assessment included MEP systems and emergency generator.

This assessment supports funding requests for a larger project to include design and construction funds, intended to perform all necessary repairs on the building’s envelope, interior finishes, mechanical and electrical systems to allow tenants to reoccupy the Lennon Building.

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