The City of Alexandria commissioned a capital planning study of its historic City Hall to support future plans for an occupied renovation. GHT surveyed and assessed the building’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems as part of the effort. Specific tasks included performing a feasibility study, developing an energy model, and preparing a report of the status of the MEP infrastructure. To develop its findings, GHT reviewed existing drawings, conducted field surveys, and tested equipment.
GHT also provided concept options for modernizing the HVAC system to inform the City’s decision making. These options included a prioritized list of items that needed attention, as well as recommendations to phase systems replacement in order to minimize displacement of staff and building downtime. The only option not recommended was repair, as nearly all of the building’s systems had reached the end of their estimated useful lives.
Originally constructed in 1871, Alexandria City Hall underwent renovation and expansion projects in 1967 and 1981 to create the 160,000 SF facility as it exists today. In addition to upgrading MEP infrastructure, the City’s goals for the building include repairing structural elements, improving space efficiency and utilization, and increasing public usage and meeting space.