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Our project experience ranges from the conservation of large buildings such as the Freedom Tower in Miami Florida, to highly decorative interiors, such as wood paneling restoration at the Department of the Interior Building and the Council Presidents Chambers at the Wilson Building. We have extensive experience with museum clients such as the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art. We have worked on buildings from virtually every era of construction from the Colonial to the space age. Our sculpture and monument conservation projects include cleaning of the Sherman Monument at President’s Park near the White House and the restoration of the Macedonian and Mexican Monuments at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis. We have worked with private clients and such large government agencies as the National Park Service (Presidents Park, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Gateway NRA, among others), GSA (many projects), and the Architect of the Capitol (U.S. Capitol Dome renovations, Russell Senate Office Building, and others).
Aeon’s conservators have extensive experience in quality control and assurance (QC/QA) for historic buildings and monuments. Maintaining strict quality control during both design and construction is important to both the Project Team and the client. They employ a two-part quality control strategy: one focuses on quality management to ensure quality of design; the other focuses on quality production to ensure that deliverables meet client criteria. We have performed this work on small jobs like Lynnhaven House in VA to large construction projects for GSA & AOC.
We believe that communication is an often overlooked key in quality control. A critical component of any QC program is having a team that works well together, has a keen interest in the overall quality of the project, and is committed to on-going communication during the project’s life – communication both with the client and within the team.
Testing Services: Aeon’s principals are both qualified architectural conservators and have decades of experience in the characterization, analysis, and testing of historic materials or, when work is not self-performed, managing testing protocols and services provided by others. Both have extensive experience in employing non-destructive evaluation techniques and programs for building diagnostics, treatment evaluation, and QA/QC. The services may include, but are not limited to, testing/inspection of historic concrete, mortar, metals, paints and coatings, paint strippers or other materials specific to an historic preservation treatment.
In addition to our experience in providing traditional architectural conservation services, Aeon’s principals have a high level of experience in the application of high technology in service to the building arts. This includes the use of non-destructive evaluation tools and techniques such as thermal imaging, pachometers, moisture meters, dataloggers, and high density digital laser scanning for documentation, analysis, and replication of historic sculpture and building features.
Project Construction Phase Services: Depending on the scale of the project, these services may include: analysis and evaluation of construction documents; evaluating, tracking, and preparing submittals; review and monitoring of project schedules; assisting in problem resolution and handling of disputed issues; maintaining marked up sets of project plans and specifications for future as-built drawings; identification, evaluation, and management of specific quality expectations of end customer; managing quality control and quality assurance program on the project; taking action to identify work that does not conform to the project objective, and notifying the project team when work requires correction; assisting the project team in negotiations; preparing change order packages; participating in construction-related project meetings; preparing special reports and regular project status reports; providing for progress and/or final photographs of project work; performing site surveys; and providing budgeting assistance.
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2015 Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, Award for Excellence in Restoration:
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*Projects prior to 2010 were for projects undertaken while employed at John Milner Associates, Inc.
Engineering News Record honored the Freedom Tower Renovation project in their Best Projects Category nationwide. Kudos to our teaming partners Kaufman Lynn Construction for spearheading a great project.
Aeon was instrumental in the rehabilitation project of the Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College. Their knowledge and skills were the centerpiece that ensured the high quality of the exterior restoration works the building needed. We are all proud of the result of the rehabilitation of the Freedom Tower and its significance to the citizens of Miami. Alfonso and Aeon were an asset to the team. -Andy Leon, Project Manager, Facilities Department, Miami Dade CollegeLink to PDF Cutsheet
2012 Engineering News Record Southeast, “Best Projects, Freedom Tower” Recognized for Construction Excellence, November 2012
Aeon was instrumental in making the Miami Freedom Tower Restoration a success. Their technical knowledge and expertise, combined with his extensive background in architectural history were critical on this project. The entire project team relied heavily on Alfonso to guide us through this complex project, to communicate difficult technical restoration concepts to the project Owner, and to keep us on schedule. Most importantly, however, Alfonso was able to balance the demands of a historic restoration project with the reality of the Owner’s budget to provide them with the very best value for their investment. I look forward to someday working together again with Alfonso and Aeon Preservation Services. -Ben Baffer, VP Operations, Kaufman Lynn ConstructionLink to PDF Cutsheet
Florida Trust for Historic Preservation presented the award for Outstanding Achievement in Restoration/Rehabilitation to Miami Dade College and the project team. The awards ceremony held at the University of Florida in Gainesville. The project team included Kaufman Lynn Contractors, Rodriguez & Quiroga Architects, and Aeon Preservation Services LLC. Aeon principal Alfonso Narvaez was on hand to receive the award and also served as a speaker in a workshop profiling the project and the role of architectural conservators in large scale projects. This award follows several other awards the project has received including the Association of Building Contractors Florida East Chapter Excellence in Construction Eagle Award, and the Dade Heritage Trust 2012 preservation award.
Aeon Preservation Services was the company that provided the best value proposal. Aeon was not the lowest bidder, but the qualifications of Alfonso Narvaez and Lane Burritt, along with the extensive body of work performed by this company, were the elements considered in selecting them.
Aeon surveyed all cracked and damaged cast stone and stucco and mapped out all critical failures on base drawings with photos keyed to the plans. Aeon then prepared a work plan estimating quantities and classifying the repair types, working with the architect adjusting construction specifications. During the construction phase Aeon worked with the Construction Manager and masonry contractor prioritizing repairs and keeping the work within budget and schedule. Aeon provided weekly visits of a principal conservator (on various occasions both Alfonso and Lane were on site), to observe and supervise the work, take high quality digital photos and provide reports to the CM and AOR.
The team was very satisfied with Aeon Preservation Services. They went up the scaffolds from top to bottom of the building and actually addressed every square inch of the exterior walls. Their presence gapped the void between owner, architect and contractor and the result was the execution of a high quality repair and restoration project. -Ivan Bibas, Rodriguez and Quiroga Architects CharteredLink to PDF Cutsheet
Over the years projects performed by Aeon’s principals have received numerous awards and accolades, including the following:
-2017 DC Preservation League -2017 District of Columbia Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation for Stewardship, “Grace Episcopal Church Stone Restoration” Washington, DC,” (with EHT Traceries, Inc.& Federal Masonry Restoration, PC)
– 2017 John Russell Pope Award for Historic Preservation from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Institute for Classical Art & Architecture, ” US Capitol Dome Restoration” Washington, DC,” (with Architect of the Capitol’s office & Historical Arts & Casting, PC)
-2010 AIA DC, Award for Excellence in Historic Resources, “Terminal A Exterior Restoration, Ronald
Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington, DC,” (with Shalom Baranes Associates, PC)*
-2009 Associated General Contractors – Washington, Contractor Award-Heavy/Industrial, Reagan Washington National Airport, Terminal Facade Restoration and Window Replacement, 2009 (Awarded to Grunley Construction) *
-2008 International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI), Award of Excellence in the Historic category, Terminal A Facade Restoration*
-2006 The Association for Gravestone Studies, Oakley Award for restoration of the Richmond Theater Fire Monument. *
-2006 AIA DC, Excellence in Historic Resources Award, “American Red Cross Headquarters,Washington, DC,” (with Shalom Baranes Associates, PC).*
-2006 Associated General Contractors – Washington, Contractor Award in both the Design/Build and Renovation / Restoration categories: Lincoln Memorial &Jefferson Memorial Design/Build Renovation Projects (Awarded to William V. Walsh Construction).*
-2005 Columbus Landmarks Foundation, Open Category Award, “Ohio State University Historic Buildings Survey and Preservation Management Program, Columbus, Ohio” *
-1999 National Trust for Historic Preservation to Robert E. Lee Memorial Association the Trustees Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of Historic Sites for the “development of an innovative digital program that facilitates sound management of the buildings, collections, landscapes and archeological sites at Stratford Hall.”*
-1996 Maryland Historic Trust for role as Architectural Conservator for the Stabilization of the Patapsco Female Institute Ruins, Ellicott City, MD.*
*Projects prior to 2010 were for projects undertaken while employed at John Milner Associates, Inc.
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