U.S. Federal Court of Appeals

  • Duration: 13 months

  • Location: Washington, DC

  • Owner: GSA

  • Contract Value: $2,333,008

HSU was the prime contractor on this design-bid-build and design-build-construction project for the complete renovation and historic renovation of Courtroom 203 and the audio/visual systems in Courtroom 201.  This fast-track project was performed for the GSA and took place in an occupied courthouse and office building.

HSU has effectively managed many challenging conditions associated with this project.   All work in this highly secure facility was closely monitored, and all onsite personnel required security clearances.  Additionally, construction took place in an occupied building; work was performed during regular business hours, nights, and weekends.

Extensive coordination of trades and materials was required due to the high level of specialty finishes.  These elements included custom-designed millwork with specialty wood panels housing sound-absorbent panels, creating the additional challenge of matching new millwork to existing features.  The ceiling received a complex vaulted treatment containing custom acoustical panels and cove lighting.  In both areas, HSU installed a new audio/visual system, which included integration of an intricate system of cameras into millwork and other features.

Work also included the removal, protection, restoration, and reinstallation of historical elements of the courtroom, including the judge's bench, railings, and spectator benches.  HSU also completely overhauled the redesigned MEP and life-safety system and tied them back into existing systems.  Many specialty items required long-lead times.  HSU effectively managed deliveries and the project schedule to ensure this project was completed on time and within budget.

In addition, HSU managed extensive HAZMAT abatement of asbestos in the plaster ceiling, ductwork/mastic, fire spray installation on the structural steel and metal decking.  Abatement took place according to OSHA, EPA, and other regulations to ensure that no contamination occurred.  The area was contained and required specific protocol for entering and leaving, as well as the use and maintenance of HEPA devices.