Arlington, VA, March 2015— Two projects completed by SIGAL Construction Corporation received Craftsmanship Awards at this year’s Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship Awards Banquet – Masonry (Exterior Stone) for the American University McKinley School of Communication and Masonry (Interior Stone and Marble) for the Liberty Place Lobby. The annual Banquet was held on Friday, March 20 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.
The two projects were major collaborative efforts between the craftsman, landlord, architects and construction team. Congratulations to Boatman and Magnani, Inc., the craftsman on both projects.
American University’s second oldest building on campus was restored and repositioned to accommodate a three story addition. The project at the McKinley School of Communication included the construction of a Media Innovation Lab, a 150-seat theater, digital imaging labs, classrooms, administrative space, and a green roof with new terrace. A significant amount of the 100+ year old marble from the historic structure was removed, surveyed, inventoried, and catalogued. The entire existing structure had scaffold built around it to access the stone and a crane was used to dismantle the pieces due to the size and weight of each piece; these were then stored on site for 12 months awaiting the re-installation. The pieces were reinstalled using a forklift to move them and a beam-and-trolley system with chain falls to raise them up.
The 3,000 SF Liberty Place repositioning project included both the lobby and canopy at 325 7th Street NW. Work was performed during regular business hours and the team ensured that the lobby remained entirely available to the building tenants. The scope of the project encompassed elevator cab renovations, a new structural glass entry and vestibule, cutting of the second floor slab to enlarge the lobby area, and new stone throughout. The interior stone wall panels in the 2 story main lobby were 4’x8’ and required precise coordination to lift them into place. The exterior limestone panels hang 3’ below the existing concrete slab supported by a steel frame, and since the limestone panels were pre-drilled, the steel angles and bolt locations had to be exact. The new limestone fascia turns up from the soffit and actually sits in front of a piece of existing pre-cast that could not be removed. To install and secure the last piece of the stone soffit with all fasteners concealed from the underside, an opening was cut in the adjacent CMU stairwell so the last piece could be secured from above.
About SIGAL Construction Corporation
Founded in 1977, SIGAL Construction Corporation (SIGAL) is one of Washington’s premier general contractors, known throughout the industry for its dedication to sustainability, high quality, cost consciousness, excellent client relations, and the ability to successfully complete unique and challenging projects. A founding partner of the USGBC, SIGAL offers superior general contracting, preconstruction, construction management, design/build, and sustainability services. SIGAL’s diverse project portfolio includes institutions of learning (K-12 and higher education), Federal and municipal agencies, law firms, corporations, hotels, technology firms, biotech companies, healthcare providers, multi-family housing, and associations/nonprofits. To learn more about SIGAL Construction Corporation, please visit http://www.sigal.com.
Two projects completed by SIGAL Construction Corporation received Craftsmanship Awards at this year’s Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship Awards Banquet – Masonry (Exterior Stone) for the American University McKinley School of Communication and Masonry (Interior Stone and Marble) for the Liberty Place Lobby. The annual Banquet was held on Friday, March 20 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.