BPA has performed numerous existing building renovations in overseas U.S. Government occupied buildings deemed historically significant, including U.S. embassies in Tirana, Albania; Vienna, Austria; Prague, Czech Republic; Paris, France; Budapest, Hungary; Bucharest, Romania; and Rome, Italy. BPA has performed over 20 projects at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, including Palazzo Margherita (the main portion of the Chancery building), which has since been included among the 20 properties listed in the Secretary of State’s Register of Culturally Significant Property.
Projects performed by BPA at these historic locations have included mechanical and electrical systems upgrades and replacements; sprinkler, fire alarm and fire egress design; tenant modifications and space planning; communication center design; vault and security enhancement design; special facility and roof design; reinforcement of existing building structures; and energy conservation evaluations.
In performing design services in historically significant buildings, BPA utilizes the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Standards of Rehabilitation. The Standards of Rehabilitation apply to both to the interior and exterior of historic buildings of various composition, construction types, sizes, and occupancies. They also pertain to any landscaping associated with the building’s site, as well as any attached, adjacent, or new construction related to the existing building. BPA makes every attempt to guide the building tenants to preserve the architectural features of historical significance.