VCU SCOTT HOUSE STUDY

Mechanical, electrical and plumbing system study was completed for the 19,000 SF, historic home that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The MEP systems were evaluated, and a concept narrative was developed, to describe the work necessary to renovate the Scott House to be used for office and meeting space. The approach required careful consideration for maintaining the historic aspects of the building while updating the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems to provide a code compliant, modernized environment for VCU. The mechanical narrative described removal of the existing steam boiler and window cooling units, and disconnecting, but retaining in place, the original steam radiators to preserve the historic elements. A new variable refrigerant flow system with a dedicated outside air unit was proposed to provide heating, cooling and ventilation to every occupied space within the building. The electrical narrative included a new electrical service to accommodate the proposed increase in HVAC loads, egress lighting to meet current code requirements, adding A/V capabilities to meeting rooms, and additional devices for the existing fire alarm and detection system. The narrative was used to develop a cost estimate that VCU could use to budget funds for this work. VCU is currently pursuing development of construction documents for this renovation.