Boston, Massachusetts


One of the nation’s oldest state capitols, the Massachusetts State House was designed by Charles Bulfinch and built in 1798. The building has been renovated and expanded many times, including the Brigham and Spofford addition in 1897 and the east and west wing additions in 1916. ABA began its work on the State House in 1985, preparing an Historic Structures Report and conducting a thorough building analysis. In 2009, ABA completed another Study for the 650,000-square-foot building, evaluating and recommending upgrades to select life safety systems.

More recent work with Altieri includes the renovation and replacement of fire alarm systems throughout the State House, using 3D laser scanning and Building Information Model (BIM) technology to document the historic building and design new elements.

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Project Team: Pamela W. Hawkes FAIA, Philip B. Chen FAIA, Jason Bowers AIA (ABA); Richmond So Engineers, Inc. (Structural); Altieri (MEP); Jensen Hughes (Code); AM Fogarty & Associates (Cost); Spec-Edit (Specifications)