Preconstruction Planning Services for Historic Restoration
Successfully restoring, preserving, or conserving historic interiors requires accurate, comprehensive planning and coordination.
Even the simplest of restoration projects is complex. In order to deliver the project within budget and on time, activities must be sequenced and planned in a logical way that allows for the coordination of multiple different trades and teams—including the architect, owner, general contractor, and various tradespeople.
Without this careful planning, it is all too easy for a project to fall off schedule and miss key dates and milestones.
That is why the first step of every project that we work on is to create a plan that will guide the entire restoration through to a successful completion. Though each project is, of course, unique, this planning phase will often require a number of services specifically designed to inform the rest of the project and specification.
Pre-Construction Planning & Analysis
Before any work takes place, care must be taken to understand the structure as it currently exists. This may be achieved by conducting a historic paint analysis and finishes investigation, plaster conditions survey, or mural conditions assessment, drafting a protection plan for vulnerable works, and guiding the client through the process of drafting a specification and mocking up a design for the project to go out to bid.
Pre-Construction Mockup, Samples, and Design
After the requisite studies have been completed, design work and other pre-construction services must take place. Depending on the specifics of the project, this may include:
- A series of drawings or documentation to be incorporated in biddable documents
- Samples of any work to be done (color matching, specific design techniques)
- In-situ mockups of original decoration for client approval (also useful in serving as a vehicle for fundraising)
Final design work can include the creation of architectural murals, furnishings, and new period decoration for landmarks and other interiors using a range of materials and techniques:
“They [Canning] discovered additional layers of decoration in some areas that expanded upon the recommendations of the previous consultants, and that work is what was undertaken.”
— CHARLES D. LIDDY, JR., FAIA, PRINCIPAL, MILLER DUNWIDDIE ARCHITECTURE, MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA
“The firm’s knowledge of historic finishes, their attention to the minute detail of every feature, the consideration they give to all documentation of original features, from historic photographs to paint sampling, and their dedication to appropriate restoration are impressive.”
— ANDREA F. SCHOENFELD, VICE PRESIDENT, COSMOS CLUB HISTORIC PRESERVATION FOUNDATION, WASHINGTON DC
“Canning’s thorough knowledge of period decoration and methodology, as well as traditional materials, was a valuable contribution to the project team.”
— AMANDA EDWARDS, PA-AIC, LEED GREEN ASSOC., JOHN MILNER ASSOCIATES, INC. ARCHITECTS, ARCHEOLOGISTS, PLANNERS, ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA
“With all the beautiful, quality work, the manager will remember you most for finishing two months early, allowing him to rent out the room for spring events. The room is one of the [Cosmos] club’s biggest sources of revenue.”