Federal Courthouse, Butte, Montana

An in depth study of the Federal Court House was performed for the General Services Administration. The purpose of the studies was to determine the condition of the historic buildings and to make recommendations and cost estimates for the upgrades of the buildings so that they would remain viable for the next 25 years. These recommendations were forwarded to the Federal Legislature to encumber funding for future renovation projects.

Architectural, structural, civil, mechanical, and electrical consultants were retained to assist in these involved studies. Items which were investigated were the current status and conditions of various systems and upgrades required to meet safety and building codes, upgrades necessary for comfort, and general building repair and restoration as the building was a registered historic landmark.

Systems studied included:
  • Americans with Disabilities Act compliance
  • Fire protection and Fire detection
  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning
  • Power, lighting, emergency power
  • Structural condition
  • Civil concerns including drainage and site requirements
  • General building condition
  • Addition of elevators, and other access issues