Restoring our Past. Planning for its Future.
Marshall Craft Associates is a full service architecture, interior design, and master planning firm specializing in the restoration and adaptive reuse of historic structures. Since the beginning of our practice, our team of trained and professionally licensed architects have worked effectively to document, evaluate, and determine the best ways to reconstruct and improve historically significant buildings located throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. As preservationists we provide owners, facility managers, and developers with the appropriate tools to protect their historic treasures, reclaim existing space, and conserve historic landmarks for the enjoyment of future generations. As designers we work with owners to realize projects through the modernization of existing building systems, careful study and recreation of traditional building elements, and detailed development of historically sensitive design solutions that complement the original architecture.
Historic + Adaptive Reuse
Conservation and preservation to protect an object of historic and often intrinsic value. Involves the professional analysis, restoration, and in kind recreation or repair of existing architectural elements. Depending upon the extent of planned improvements, Historic Structures Reports (HSR) can be prepared for U.S. National Park Service properties and buildings registered on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). Upon request, Historic Tax Credit (HTC) assistance is also available for qualified properties seeking local, state or federal tax incentives for the appropriate rehabilitation of historic buildings.
Adaptive Reuse implies a change in use and occupancy or the rehabilitation of a previously unoccupied site, space or building before reuse and occupancy. Often involving a Change in Use and Occupancy, our team of state licensed architects can assist in navigating the jurisdictional barriers to redevelopment during the pre-design process and apply for rezoning or a building permit as needed.
Thorough field observation and documentation of a building site to generate existing floor plans, elevations, and other valuable record drawings which aid in planning future developments. Our team of onsite surveyors are capable of recreating multiple building plans, including 2 dimensional drawings, 3D models, and highly accurate laser point cloud scans.
The onsite analysis of existing building systems and materials to determine useful life and the documentation of existing building deficiencies. Deliverables can include photographic evidence, keyed base plans, and recommendations for future improvement, maintenance, and repair. BCA or FCA deliverable may also include Code Compliance Surveys to evaluate that existing building elements comply with local, state, and federal building codes.
At MCA we have established relationships with professional consultants who offer a wide range of technical expertise in the conservation and architectural preservation of historic structures. We are capable of partnering with experienced consultants to provide the following services: -Material Identification and Product Testing -Paint Analysis -Temporary Shoring -National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Section 106 Documentation -Archaeological Services -Subgrade Analysis & Test Borings -U.S. National Park Service Historic Structures Reports (HSR) -Historical Archive Research -Local, State, and Federal Historic Tax Credit (HTC) Assistance
The Finer Points of Existing Conditions Documentation
The existing conditions of historic buildings can be difficult to document. Often these facilities include ornate detailing that need to be preserved or restored. One of the most effective ways to record complex spaces is through three-dimensional laser scanning. This technique utilizes point-cloud technology to make a digital image of a room or building. MCA used this method to document Harvard College’s Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. Three-dimensional laser scanning using point-cloud technology allowed the design team to not only record the detailed moldings in the space, but also the permanent collections. Check out the video on the left while we navigate through the point-cloud map of Dumbarton Oaks.
Digging for Answers - Specialized Consultation
Historic + Adaptive Reuse projects frequently run into a wide range of highly specialized topics requiring equally specialized insight. MCA often collaborates with our preferred team of experts in areas as diverse as archaeology, plaster, paint or terra cotta restoration, structural underpinning, the sourcing of stone from historic quarries, or custom window construction, to name just a few. You name it – we’ve probably done it. For example, on one c:1915 science building renovation project, we worked with our hazardous materials specialist on both the removal of 100 years of toxic bat guano from the attic, and the mitigation of explosive perchloric acid crystals from old fume hood vents! MCA brings a knowledge of the issues that may be encountered, a go-to team of subspecialist consultants to turn to when necessary, and strong design team management to bring it all together.