The Gilfillan House, a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, is one of the latest examples of the juxtaposition of the old and the new that’s occurring in parts of downtown Austin. Upon purchase, the new owners decided that integrating the history with modifications that facilitated both office and event spaces, was a better approach than a restoration that created a well-preserved, but unapproachable and generally under-utilized time-capsule. This was a tall order for the advisory team, and the historical significance, as well as the community impact, required careful planning.
During the concept and design phase, the advisory team and preservation architects envisioned not only the restored space but also 4400 sq. ft. of the new structure behind the existing building. Since classified as a historical landmark, the restoration project required approval by the city before restoration could take place and precise documentation of existing conditions, along with proposed modifications were critical to moving the project forward.
“We needed as-built plans quickly but, more than that we needed a team that we could rely on. The project required creative problem-solving and solutions that were outside the norm. Coast 2 Coast did a fantastic job with the final deliverables and answered every question and call throughout the project,” said Shelly Vandeveer, President of the advisory group leading the project.
At Coast 2 Coast, we utilize experienced industry experts, full-time employee surveyors, and problem-solving technicians to complete every job with quality and accuracy. We work hard to establish a culture of excellence that resonates with our employees to our clients.
Using the best technology in the industry—the technology specifically catered to accurately and efficiently completing the task at hand, the Coast 2 Coast survey team worked with the architects to get on and off the property as quickly as possible. In just one day, the 22,000 sq. ft. property was documented, with the exterior fully scanned in color and 360-degree panoramic photos. Seeing that the roof needed to be captured as well, we sent one of our licensed drone pilots to capture the data via UAV.
The elevation data was acquired using two FARO scanners and then processed by our in-house registration experts using FARO’s native software, SCENE. The building scans were combined with roof data captured using the Phantom DJI drone. The team used the Pix4D software to analyze the photographed and the ground survey control points captured for scale and map the terrestrial scans. Modelers used the integrated point cloud information to create elevation views and site plans for this historical house. A site plan, 2D AutoCAD elevation views, and 360 panoramic photos were delivered two weeks after leaving the site.
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