Charlottesville, VA

Monticello Mountaintop Project

Scope of Services
Peer Review
Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) Engineering

Working closely with the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and a team of architects, historic preservationists, conservators, and contractors, 2RW is providing a wide range of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineering design services for the mountaintop restoration project.

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  • Conducted peer reviews of original MEP design.
  • Currently developing MEP designs for renovations of the Monticello Mansion (main house), North Dependency, administrative offices, public restrooms, and support buildings.
  • Designed ground source heat pump system with 33 geothermal wells that serves multiple buildings on the mountaintop.
  • Designed upgrades and replacements for site and building electrical, underground utility services, and building automation controls.
  • Monitored environmental conditions within the main house to develop appropriate envelope improvements and ensure that interior ambient conditions are suitable for historic significance of artifacts in the house.
  • The site’s HVAC and utilities were updated with modern, sustainable systems without compromising the historic fabric of the facilities and grounds.
  • The geothermal system reduces Monticello’s consumption of natural resources and eliminates the noise of the previous HVAC system, restoring the peaceful mountaintop environment.
  • Careful analysis of the building and its artifacts helped the team identify innovative and appropriate solutions for new HVAC systems without over-engineering or jeopardizing historic elements of the site.
  • Customized, zoned temperature and humidity controls preserve the building’s artifacts, based on their type and location.
Scope of Services
Peer Review
Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) Engineering

OWNER: Thomas Jefferson Foundation

TIMEFRAME: 2013 – Ongoing

SIZE: Multi-building complex with 20,000+ SF of historic space

COST: $35 million

  • Increased comfort level for facility occupants, accomplished through new energy-efficient environmental control and ventilation systems.
  • Improved indoor air quality with the introduction of fully tempered and treated outside air ventilation.
  • An enhanced learning environment created by incorporating new, high-efficiency lighting strategies and modern media upgrades.