George Harvey Justice Building historic reconstruction

GeorgeHarveyJuryRoomC&S provided design and construction management for the reconstruction of the historic George Harvey Justice Building in downtown Binghamton, N.Y.  The building has important historical significance to the city. It was designed by a local architect—Walter Whitlock—and is located in the city’s historic district. Returning this facility to active use was a major step toward increasing the economic vitality of the area.

As part of an initial feasibility study, C&S performed an environmental evaluation and impact study, historical evaluation, conceptual building layouts, and opinions of probable construction cost. The reconstruction included removing the upper floors of the building and creating a vertical addition to accommodate new mechanical system distribution. The historical lobby of the building was recreated using carefully salvaged marble panels, brushed aluminum art deco handrails, and gypsum veneer crown moldings. Additionally, the former Legislative Chamber was partly recreated to serve as the Grand Jury Room.

All building systems were created virtually using the technology of building information modeling (BIM). By modeling the entire building and all its components in 3-D, the design team could instantly recognize conflicts (e.g., structural beams vs. HVAC ducts), thereby reducing coordination issues during construction.

C&S carefully monitored and controlled the schedule, budget, and constructability throughout the project and provided a full-time on-site construction management staff of five contractors. C&S’s integrated approach of delivering design and construction management services has made this project a success for the leaders and constituency of Broome County.

This project received an ACEC New York Silver Award for Engineering Excellence in 2011.