VDOT Central Office Decoupling and Mechanical Renovations

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Project Owner
Virginia Department of Transportation
Contract Value
$7,633,000
Architect/Engineer
Austin Brockenbrough & Associates, LLC
Project Location
Richmond, VA
Project Duration
04/2020 – 10/2020
Discipline
Abatement, HVAC, Electrical, Acoustical, Renovation

Project Description

WM Schlosser was awarded this project in March 2020 to decouple the VDOT Central Office from the VCU steam system and install new air handling units and associated mechanical work with new acoustical ceilings throughout.  The Central Office is a five-story building of predominantly office space that houses a continuously staffed Security Command Center, which remains active for the VDOT campus. The building also houses the Virginia Department of Transportation Hurricane Emergency Command Center occupying one-third of the fourth floor.  The EOC is being reconstructed on a hyper-accelerated schedule to ensure readiness for the upcoming season.

The building constructed in the 1930s required work in many areas that have not been seen since original construction some 80 years ago. The demo work includes removal of all ceilings, the demo of existing ductwork, and asbestos abatement. New work consists of the installation of four rooftop units, new ductwork, mechanical piping, and sprinkler with a new service. The overall project has a fast-tracked five-month schedule requiring all trades, including VDOT’s Security and IT, to work simultaneously above the ceiling grid.