HagerSmith Design Hired to Work on North Carolina State Legislative Building

HagerSmith Design’s historic preservation, and landscape architects were recently hired as consultants by Rooftop Systems Engineering, for the Roof Replacement and Asbestos Abatement Project at the historic North Carolina State Legislative Building. This Classic Modernist Style building was designed by renowned architect, Edward Durrell Stone in the 1950’s. Some of Stone’s most notable works include the US Embassy in New Delhi, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Kennedy Performing Arts Center.

This fast-track renovation project will take place in two phases to accommodate working around legislative sessions. Phase One of the project involves the abatement of asbestos coatings on the ceilings. This includes the ceilings of the House Chamber, the Auditorium, and at the Upper Lobby. Architect David Black, AIA, designed repairs to the ornamental plaster ceiling panels that would be damaged by abatement activities, as well the restoration of coatings on the panels and walls.

Phase Two involves replacement of the building’s existing roofs, including the ornamental copper roofs that are a visual signature of the building. This phase includes the reworking of the roof membrane under the upper terrace paving. The existing rooftop terrace planters are also being renovated. Mr. Black and Landscape Architecture Principal, Jimmy Thiem, RLA, ASLA, were involved in investigating existing conditions, as well as making recommendations for modifications to the rooftop terrace systems. Additionally, Mr. Thiem prepared landscape plans for the three different rooftop planter systems, and provided specifications for new specialized planter soil.

HagerSmith Design is currently providing Construction Contract Administration services for the project, while the work is under construction.

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“This is a fun project for Jimmy and me, getting to explore the work of one of the modern masters of architecture and doing our bit to help preserve it.”

David Black, AIA, Historic Preservation Architect