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Roanoke County Courthouse Annex

Salem, Virginia

Spectrum Design has designed the conversion of a former office supply retail building into the Roanoke County Courthouse Annex, which will house the Court Services and the Roanoke County Sheriff. The 19,267 square foot building will have its exterior façade restored to its original appearance dating to circa 1925. The building will be divided into two parts. All the interior brick walls will be cleaned, restored and exposed. The wood floors and exposed wood beam ceilings will be cleaned and restored. Other improvements include a state-of-the-art HVAC system, electrical/voice data communications system and fire safety system.

Construction drawings were designed to address the renovation of a historic building in downtown Salem, Virginia. The fllod plain was established and found to cross the building on its lower third of its length. A tributary to the Roanoke River passed beneath the building within concrete box culverts installed when the building was originally constructed. The design for renovations of the structure called for raising the finish floor elevation using structural fill and a new concrete slab with the building. The floor was raised in accordance with building code requirements. All electrical and mechanical equipment was placed out of the flood plain and contained within the new first floor or within the unfinished second floor.