Virginia Beach Maintenance Plan, Virginia Beach, VA - Commonwealth Preservation Group

Commonwealth Preservation Group

Virginia Beach Maintenance Plan, Virginia Beach, VA

Adam Thoroughgood House, Virginia Beach, VA

Adam Thoroughgood House, Virginia Beach, VA

Recognizing the need for a comprehensive maintenance and restoration strategy for their historic house museums, the City of Virginia Beach, VA hired CPG to participate in development of a five-year capital improvement program for the buildings which include the Adam Thoroughgood House, Francis Land House, Lynnhaven House, Ferry Plantation and Whitehurst-Buffington House.

Buffington-Whitehurst House, Virginia Beach, VA

Buffington-Whitehurst House, Virginia Beach, VA

The purpose of the project was to develop a strategy and budget for maintenance and cleaning needs as well as restoration and repair needs. The final report was presented in three sections addressing each type of work: cyclical maintenance, exterior maintenance and rehabilitation, and interior maintenance and rehabilitation.

In order to collect the necessary baseline information for further work, an environmental monitoring plan was instituted in 2006; it recorded a running event log helps keep track of the impact of changes within the interior of the house. Pest Management and cyclical cleaning are cost-effective tools in maintaining the historic fabric in each dwelling. Both practices help reduce and deter pests in historic buildings. Each element of the property requires its own set of maintenance and repair tasks.

Exterior maintenance and rehabilitation tasks to the site, masonry, doors and woodwork, windows, and the roof and gutters is an integral part of maintaining the historic integrity of the property. Maintenance to the interior of the dwellings was is equally important and will include maintenance and rehabilitation of plaster, paint, flooring, fireplaces, the crawlspace and attic, and maintenance/rehabilitation to the mechanical, electrical, lighting, and safety/security systems.

The needs of the outbuildings located on the properties are also addressed in this report. The appendix of the report included a spread sheet containing maintenance activities and rehabilitation tasks for each phase of the project which has helped the City in budgeting and scheduling repairs.

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