Envelope Stabilization and Hazardous Materials Abatement
The Stone Building, built between 1840 and 1870 and formally known as the Augusta Mental Health Institute, served as a psychiatric hospital until it was renovated into office space and has been abandoned since 2004. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is comprised of seven (7) interconnected structures. Gale evaluated the building with the intent of “mothballing” the structure by restoring the facade to protect the interior from the weather, control long-term deterioration, and secure the structure from vandalism or fire.
Gale proposed a phased approach to the mothballing; testing of hazardous materials, removing any wildlife, restoration of the building envelope, structurally stabilize the stone façade and heavy timber wood framing, and restoration of basic mechanical, electrical and plumbing, lighting, fire suppression, and security systems.