CASE STUDY

Renovations to the U.S. Custom House

Klein Engineering, PSC (KEPSC) was the prime consultant to the Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection for the design of renovations to the historic U.S. Customs House building, in the Municipality of Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

The Challenge

The U.S. Customs House building is located at the intersection of Union and De Maternillo streets, on the Fajardo oceanfront, its construction dating back to the 1920s. Designed by Albert B. Nichols in Spanish Colonial-Revival style, the building has undergone several renovations over the years due to the changing nature of its operations as well as to its proximity to the sea, which have caused corrosion to be a significant deteriorating element of the structure.   

How we Helped

Klein Engineering, PSC was responsible for boundary survey, topographic, and as-built plans of the property and surrounding infrastructure; architectural, structural, MEP, and security design for the proposed renovations; historical context research and coordination with SHPO for the recommendations to be included as part of the design work; coordination of lead and asbestos studies, destructive and nondestructive testing of the existing structure, and utilities connection and capacity.

Results

As prime consultants to the Agency, Klein Engineering, PSC was responsible for the design of the proposed improvements to the building, coordination of destructive and nondestructive testing, and state and municipal permitting. The project’s 100% construction documents were submitted in July, 2018 and the construction of the proposed renovations is currently in progress.  The KEPSC team looks forward to the successful completion of this beautiful piece of our national patrimony.

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