Charlottesville, VA

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Mountaintop Project

Scope of Services
Planning and Design of Infrastructure Upgrades
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
Planning and Design of Infrastructure Upgrades
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.