"Intensive coordination between Truland and the mechanical and plumbing contractors was essential for integrating the new systems without impacting the historic aspects of the building," said Darren Salyards, Truland's senior project manager.
"In those instances, we worked with the construction manager and engineers to formulate solutions, which were then incorporated into the project," Salyards
"The VESDA system, which samples air regularly through a tube to determine the presence of smoke in the building, was chosen because it provides the earliest possible warning of a fire and because it can be more easily concealed," Salyards
No lights without power
Lighting was a major issue for the renovation portion of the project.
Each light fixture had its own specification detail as to how it should be built.
Many of the fixtures, according to Salyards
, were custom built and intended to replicate the originals in order to maintain the building's architectural integrity.
"The general contractor, however, was responsible for removing and restoring original sconces and chandeliers before we reinstalled them," he
Power from the utility, according to Salyards
, was also routed for use in the new extension.
"Large chases had to be cut into the Capitol's walls to run the wiring throughout the building to power equipment, receptacles and switches," Salyards
The biggest challenge for Truland
with all the systems the company installed was to keep all electrical and mechanical components out of sight.
"The architect wanted the look of undisturbed plaster walls, which meant we had to ensure that the design and installation of the conduit remained behind walls, above ceilings and under floors," Salyards