Macdonough Hall

Renovating History with Integrity and Dignity

Set amid the revolutionary-era architecture of historic Annapolis, MD, the prestigious United States Naval Academy (USNA) campus is itself a National Historic Landmark, home to many historic sites, monuments, and buildings. One such building is Macdonough Hall, a classical Beaux-Arts structure originally built as a boathouse in 1903 and quickly converted to its current use as a gymnasium. Located on a National Register of Historic Places, the building houses general physical education functions, several varsity team sports, and a natatorium in support of the USNA mission.

PRIME AE was selected to provide comprehensive architectural design integration and coordination services that allow for the surgical demolition of the MEP and structural systems, the installation of new systems, interior finishes, and life safety upgrades, all while maintaining the integrity of the historic fabric. The scope featured limited re-configuration of interior spaces (administrative areas, classrooms, and equipment rooms), a detailed assessment of the over 50-year-old copper roof, clerestory structure, and large clerestory skylight, partial replacement ceiling design, replacement of existing interior doors/hardware and design of fire and smoke barriers as prescribed.

PRIME AE was proud to help maintain the historic dignity of one of our nation’s most esteemed military academies, while still designing the modern systems to keep the USNA at the forefront of education.

Client / Owner

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Washington

Key Features

Key Feature
1903 original build
128,000 SF Building

Project Achievements

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