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Preservation

HISTORIC PRESERVATION  |  RESTORATION   |  REHABILITATION  |  BUILDING ASSESSMENTS

MCF has maintained a long tradition of sensitive – but transformational – interventions in historic buildings and sites, ranging from National Historic Landmarks to historic “signature” campus buildings. We endeavor to understand the existing building by gathering information on its history, original construction, later modifications, and uses over time.  Intervention in buildings with historic significance must look to the future, but must also be informed by the past.

Wilkinsburg Train Station

WCDC

The Wilkinsburg Train Station scope of work includes the renovation of the two story train station, consisting of approximately 9,000 square feet of space. As a Historic Registered Landmark, the building is being restored within historically appropriate building guidelines. MCF initiated the work with a hand survey of the existing building and continued forward with a laser scan of the building and a topographical survey of the site.

TYPE  Restoration

 

SIZE  9,000 sqft.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Historic Restoration of Building Envelope
Historic Registered Landmark
Study of Rainwater Runoff
Authentic Plaster Detailing
Designation and Design of Parking Areas

 

Bentley Hall

Allegheny College

Originally constructed between 1820 and 1836, Bentley Hall is the signature structure on the Allegheny College campus and is one of the most significant historic academic buildings in Western Pennsylvania. While several minor renovations in recent years have updated portions of the building to modern standards and addressed deferred maintenance; the building has not undergone a substantial renovation since the 1920's.The building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and all of MCF's work will be completed in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. 

TYPE  Restoration

 

SIZE  9,593 sqft.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

National Register of Historic Places

Geothermal heating/cooling

Sensitive insertion of MEP systems

Detailed Exterior Masonry Treatment

President's House Admission Center

Western Reserve Academy

The President’s House is the oldest building on the campus of the Western Reserve Academy and is listed on the National Parks Service - Register of Historic Places.  In 2016, MCF was hired to renovate, restore and adapt the residence into a new home for the Admissions Office.

TYPE  Renovation

 

SIZE  9,000 sqft.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

National Register of Historic Places
Geothermal Heating & Cooling Systems
Two Duplex Apartments
Interconnected Offices
ADA Entrances

Seymour Hall

Western Reserve Academy

In conjunction with MCF's renovation of the new Admissions Center, additional space in Seymour Hall was created allowing for additional classrooms and administrative offices. The restoration included a comprehensive exterior restoration, new energy-efficient windows, ADA upgrades, renovation of historic classrooms & offices, as well as the sensitive installation of all new MEP systems.

TYPE  Renovation

 

SIZE  50,000 sqft.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

National Register of Historic Places
Geothermal heating & cooling systems
Partial Repointing to match existing mortar
New ADA accessible entrance
Elevator 

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