Fort Belvoir Historic Rehabilitation


US Army Design Build Exterior Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings at Fort Belvoir in Fort Belvoir, Virginia

General Synopsis

This initial contract was for the design and historical rehabilitation of five (5) separate historic buildings located at Ft. Belvoir, VA. Buildings 212, 213, 219, 240 and 256 were rehabilitated in a manner consistent with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitation. Work on this historic rehabilitation project included the replacement of storm windows, painting windows, tucks pointing, masonry repairs, brick replacement and power washing. The contract cost increase was due to the client adding two (2) additional buildings to the scope. Meltech received an outstanding rating on this project on this high-profile command interest project. Meltech self-performed approximately 30% of the work on this project including project management, supervision, QAQC, Safety, and general conditions, window installation, painting and power washing. The client was extremely satisfied with Meltech’s work and added 2 additional buildings to the original scope of work.

Meltech provided 35%, 65%, and 95% design documents for the completion of all tasks.

Challenges that were successfully overcome included the fact that lead-based paint was presumed to be present on all buildings, so all loose and flaking paint had to be removed prior to any work being undertaken. Paint chips resulting from the removal work were treated as hazardous material and were disposed of by the client.

Further Details

Building 212 had a general scope of rehabilitation that included:

  • cleaning of the building exterior,
  • repair of damaged and failing masonry (including improvements to past improper repairs)
  • painting and repairs to wood elements such as windows and cornice, dormers and trim
  • foundation and concrete wall repairs including repair of all general cracking with injection grout
  • foundation preparation, priming and painting of the concrete foundation wall and porch to match surrounding structures,
  • painting of metal rails
  • Repairs to brick walls including
    1. Removal of heavy bituminous staining and paint splatter from brick surfaces
    2. Removal and repair of all extraneous penetrations which included pipes, nails, attachments and anchors
    3. Provision of copper chimney cap to cover and seal uncapped chimney
    4. Repointing and stabilization of brick chimney
    5. Replacing poor and failing masonry repairs with brick and mortar
  • Repairs to windows and doors including reparation, priming and painting of all exterior wood doors, trim and associated transom

Building 213 was in a similar state and had similar needs to building 212 above with the addition of:

  • Repairs to a slate roof including:
    1. Repair/replace/rehanging of all copper gutters and downspouts and installation of leaf guards
    2. Repair of damaged downspouts and replacement with in-kind materials
    3. Reconnection of all downspout as to subterranean drainage system
    4. Installation of missing cast iron downspout boots
  • Porch, step and ramp repairs including caulking the junctures between steps, ramps, landings, and building foundations and adjacent sidewalks

Building 219 had originally been a theater and gymnasium and now featured administrative space in lieu of the gymnasium. The building had a complex footprint and employed two different roof types – a one story brick hyphen connecting to two two-story brick wings, with the hyphen terminating in a side gable roof with gable dormers. The repairs to this building were of similar type to buildings 212 and 213 above but required extra awareness of the roof geometry. The suite of repairs for this building included:

  • Cleaning (10,000 sf)
  • Foundation repairs
  • Wood cornice, eaves, siding, parapet, column, pediment, pilaster and trim repairs
  • Brick wall repairs including replacement of a number of damaged bricks, removal of all abandoned electrical conduit/pipe , repair of spalling masonry at door surround keystone
  • Concrete wall repairs
  • Window and wood repairs, similar to two buildings above, but including in addition replacement of failed glazing compound, repair and replacement of rotted wood as needed, provision of exterior storm windows with low-emission glass coatings and screens
  • Porch, step and ramp repairs
  • Site work
  • Roof repairs
  • Exterior lighting including repair and rewiring of historic lights and carriage lamps and demolition of existing security lights and conduit and replacement with new fixtures with interior wiring incorporating full cut-off and LED wall packs

Building 240 had a general scope of repair similar to the above buildings but required that stucco elements of design be addressed and work on a rear loading dock and main entrance façade be included. The suite of repairs for this building included:

  • Cleaning
  • Stucco, cornice, eaves, siding, parapet, column, pediment, pilaster and trim repairs, including repair, treatment and painting of a stucco tower
  • Brick wall repairs including full suite as in building 219 above plus verification and confirmation of pointing on an existing stone chimney cap
  • Concrete and precast repairs including suite of repairs as in building 219 plus repairing a concrete failure on a rear loading dock, repairing concrete cracking on a rear loading dock, and installing rubber bumpers on a rear-loading dock.
  • Window and wood repairs
  • Porch, step and ramp repairs
  • Site work
  • Roof repairs

Building 256 had a general scope of rehabilitation that included:

  • Cleaning
  • Foundation repairs
  • Wood cornice, eaves, siding, and trim repairs
  • Brick wall repairs similar to building 240 above also but including cleaning heavy dirt/organic/chemical staining
  • Window and wood repairs, similar to buildings 204 and 219 above, but including in addition
    1. Replacing an existing steel door with a custom made replacement unit, frame and locking mechanism manufactured to fit in the existing opening and including all flashings, door sweeps, threshold and weather stripping,
    2. Removing an existing double doors and frame and replacing with new steel doors, frame and locking mechanism, with all similar in detail to the historic entrance doors
    3. Replacing a rotted/ rusting exterior door and frame with a replacement similar in historic detail with a four-paned window,
    4. Restoring a fanlight window above a ceremonial entrance
    5. Removal of a set historically inaccurate replacement windows
    6. Replacement of a set of ordinary windows with historically sensitive steel hopper industrial windows,
  • Site work
  • Gable roof addition repairs
  • Exterior lighting