Cultural & Historic Preservation

KHAFRA provides award-winning expertise in breathing new life into cultural and historic sites. From architectural design to construction management, including environmental risk assessment, our in-house multidisciplinary team is equipped to handle a variety of delicate projects. KHAFRA balances the need to update the function, while maintaining the historic integrity and appeal. Projects have included:

Cahaba Cahaba Pumping Station Renovation and Addition, Birmingham, Alabama

KHAFRA completed renovation design for four buildings including the control room building, boiler house, original pump house and second pump house. The purpose of the renovation was to convert these historic facilities into a museum complex. This 2.4 million dollar project also included a 500 sq. ft. addition for an office and other support spaces. Parking was also included. KHAFRA provided architectural, structural, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and civil engineering services.

Wilcox William Willcox A at Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama

William Willcox A, is a historic building at Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama, that houses the School of Architecture. This building had to be completely gutted to the old wooden and brick structure and renovated. Many of the floor beams, having deteriorated over time, had to be replaced as did the entire mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems. Many of the building’s unique architectural elements, such as the grand entrance staircase, were saved and restored.  KHAFRA ‘s design for Willcox A included state of the art mechanical, electrical, data, and security systems. The elegant structure of the roof system was exposed on the upper floor studios so they could be used as a teaching tool. The piping and ductwork were color coordinated so they, too, became instruments to be used in the educational process. The exterior brick walls were cleaned and restored to bring this facility to its original glory.

WhiteHall03 White Hall at Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama

KHAFRA was the Civil and Structural engineer and project manager for the White Hall renovation project.  KHAFRA provided all engineering design services for major renovation of historic, four-story dormitory building for Brown/Chambless Architects, Montgomery, AL.  Sitework included drainage, parking lot for 55 cars, sidewalks, lighting, landscaping, and other site improvements.  Structural work included repairing significant structural damage to 93-year old building, addition of half-basement, underpinning of existing foundation, installation of new elevator and HVAC openings and new stairways, and closure of existing stairwells.