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Location: Nashville, TN
Owner: State of Tennessee
Architect: Smith, Seckman, Reid, Inc.
Award Winning Project
The State of Tennessee awarded the mechanical and electrical renovation of the Historic Tennessee State Capitol to Hardaway to serve as Construction Manager. The State Capitol is a one hundred fifty (150) year old historic structure of prime importance to the State in housing Executive and Legislative functions essential to the operation of State Government. The HVAC system in the building was over fifty years old and had a significant potential for failure due to age, inability to find replacement parts, and difficulty accessing components for repair. The plumbing system was also beyond repair and required code upgrades. The electrical distribution system and fire alarm system required code upgrades and modernization as well. 
  
This meticulous renovation required extensive demolition to access the electrical and plumbing systems, which necessitated the removal of ceilings and interior finishes, including some historical finishes, and structural integrity. Many precautions took place to reduce the effects of selective demolition to insure the preservation of historical decorative finishes. 

The biggest challenge of this project was getting new utilities installed throughout a building that was not originally designed to receive them. Crews had to work around historically sensitive areas and had to maintain the structural components of a 150 year-old building while performing demolition activities and new utility installations. Getting materials in and out of the Attic with only an 8’x8’ opening in the soffit above the north porch on the Second Floor was also challenging. All equipment and materials had to be hoisted and carefully maneuvered around the original cast iron trusses to their final locations in the Attic. This was slow and tedious work, in addition to being done in a non-conditioned space in the middle of the summer. 

An aggressive construction schedule was required to accomplish this work during the six month Legislative session break from June 2012 through the end of the year.

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