WJE Served as Historic Preservationist for Award-Winning EEOB Rehabilitation

June 17, 2014
Over a span of eight years from 2003 to 2011, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building (EEOB), the largest office space in Washington, D.C., underwent a major rehabilitation to modernize mechanical, electrical, and security systems and to harden the facility to withstand blast and ballistic attack. The rehabilitation was completed while retaining the major interior historic features such as decorative plaster; polychrome finishes on the walls and ceilings; parquet, wood, marble, and granite; and historic nineteenth century light fixtures. The restoration and upgrades to this National Historic Landmark have been recognized with a 2014 General Services Administration (GSA) Design Award.

WJE acted as Historic Preservation Specialist to the Design Build team, performing archival research; providing HABS standard photographs, drawings, and historical narratives; and comprehensively detailing the historic attributes of all rooms in a queried database. This research informed the design and construction. WJE then performed full-time construction observation and provided consultation services, investigative work, and materials analyses.

The GSA Design Awards is a biennial program "honoring the accomplishments of talented federal employees, architects, engineers, landscape architects, urban designers, interior designers, artists, conservationists, and preservationists who create and preserve the nation's landmarks." Learn more about the award and the work completed at the EEOB.

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