Fredericksburg, VA

UMW Willard Hall Restoration and Renovation

Scope of Services
Project Formulation Report
Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) Engineering

Willard Hall, built in 1911, is a historic three-story building which was the original residence hall for the University of Mary Washington. Over the years, alterations had changed the floor plan so that it no longer resembled its former self. The goal of this project was to restore the building to capture its original heritage and repair and update the facility to provide modern, functional spaces for 21st century living and learning.

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2RW contributed to a project formulation study to identify strategies for returning the building to some substance of its original configuration. 2RW’s services included:

  • Project Formulation Report:
    • An on-site assessment of the existing MEP/FP systems and provided a report summarizing findings and recommendations for repairs, improvements, and upgrades.
    • LEED consulting and planning and participated in strategy development, conceptual design meetings, and evaluation of efficient MEP and alternative/renewable systems.
  • MEP design for new HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems for the building’s dormitory rooms, 16-seat seminar room, group study spaces, kitchen, media room, and flexible community space.
  • The integration of modern and efficient systems preserved the integrity of the historic building while enhancing the educational experience, promoting student and staff health and well-being, and reducing energy usage and operating costs.
  • Occupancy was doubled through the conversion of single dorms to double rooms.
Scope of Services
Project Formulation Report
Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) Engineering

OWNER: University of Mary Washington

TIMEFRAME: 2017 – 2019

SIZE: 47,215 SF; 3 levels

COST: $19.2 million


The design and construction were completed on an accelerated timeline after a ruptured steam line in the summer of 2017 rendered the historic building unlivable.

Targeting LEED Certified