GSA, Bostetter Courthouse

HENRY ADAMS was the MEP engineer for the courthouse.
  • HENRY ADAMS was the MEP engineer for the courthouse.

Henry Adams performed an assessment outlining recommendation of the MEP systems including the HVAC system’s ductwork and associated piping, as well as the elevator system in the Martin V.B. Bostetter Courthouse.

The courthouse was completed in 1931 and named after Chief Judge Martin V.B. Bostetter, Jr. The building was once a post office before becoming a courthouse. It consists of three stories above grade and one story below grade, containing 63,519 SF in total. The current holder of this historic building is still the United States Bankruptcy Court, with dozens of visitors throughout each day. 

The objective of this project was to determine the deficiencies of the building’s HVAC and elevator systems, develop a plan to renovate the HVAC system so it meets the building’s current needs, and identify what work should be included in the future elevator modernization project to bring it up to code with current day technology. 

The existing elevator equipment, circa 1987, was in average condition for its age. It had become outdated compared to technological advancements and design standards. The project involves proper sizes for new HVAC equipment supported by heat load calculations, modifications needed by the building systems to meet current needs, and scope items to include for the elevator modernization. 

This project was completed as a task order under a GSA Region 3 IDIQ with Henry Adams as the prime consultant. The primary area of service is the Mid-Atlantic Region (PA, DE, & NJ). Task orders through this IDIQ contract include assessments/studies, MEP infrastructure upgrades, occupied renovations, sustainable design, historic structures, administrative space design, and compliance with GSA standards. 

Additional Information:

LocationAlexandria, VA
Completion Date
OwnerGeneral Services Administration
ArchitectDelta Engineers, Architects, & Land Surveyors
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