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Artists’ studios occupy many restored structures at the former Lorton Workhouse. « Institutional | FOULGER-PRATT CONTRACTING LLC – LORTON WORKHOUSE ARTS CENTER Make Art Work I RESTORING A WORKHOUSE INTO AN ARTS CENTER GIVES NEW LIFE TO A FACILITY. BY RUSS GAGER Numerous modern amenities are being installed in all of the workhouse structures. « The children’s art and education center includes a theater for use by young audiences. « n Victorian England, a workhouse was associated with a prison, but in the United States at the • Project cost: $12 million beginning of the 20th • Location: Lorton, Va. century, President • Employees on-site at peak: 70 Theodore Roosevelt’s idea for the Lorton Workhouse in Lorton, Va., was more progres–John Barron, president sive. Created to rehabilitate non-violent criminals, the workhouse’s mission was to use its fresh air, natural light and meaningful work to help its inmates return successfully to society. Long since superseded by newer prison facilities and now owned by the Lorton Arts Foundation, the Workhouse Arts Center’s mission is to use its facilities to help artists create works in the visual and performing arts. Assisting with that mission is Foulger-Pratt Contracting LLC, Rockville, Md. In an adaptive reuse project, Foulger-Pratt Contracting is restoring and converting three buildings at the workhouse – now on the National Register of Historic Places – plus a large amount of site and infrastructure work. Many of the 18 buildings at the workhouse complex are brick structures with slate roofs and copper drains. Ten buildings on the site’s 55 acres have been restored and others will be renovated as funds become available. The first phase of construction in which Foulger-Pratt Contracting was not involved included some site work and converting existing buildings into artists’ studios, a main display gallery and offices. “That was really what brought this from being a prison complex to a functioning arts center,” Foulger-Pratt Contracting Senior Project Manager Seth Bolt points out. Among the arts being practiced at the center are glass-blowing, ceramics and painting. “You name the artistic medium, and they now have the facilities and equipment, including furnaces for glass-blowing and ceramics,” Foulger-Pratt Contracting President John Barron asserts. One of the buildings already completed by Foulger-Pratt Contracting is the 7,800-square-foot children’s art and education center that was created from restoring an old sleeping barracks. It includes classrooms and a working theater for young audiences. Still being renovated from the workhouse cafeteria is a 28,500-squarefoot conference and events center suitable for 900 people. It includes a commercial kitchen that can be used to cater events such as weddings Foulger-Pratt Contracting LLC – Lorton Workhouse Arts Center “Whenever we dig in the ground, we typically find something no one knew about.” 36 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM MARCH 2012 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - March 2012
Best Practices
Construction Insurance
JC Beal Construction – Brod - erick Tower redevelopment
Harden Group
Pyramid Companies – Destiny USA
EllisDon – Yorkdale Shopping Center
HBD – Dierbags
Marous Brothers Construction
Roy Anderson Corp. – Margaritaville Casino and Restaurant
Foulger-Pratt Contracting LLC – Lorton Workhouse Arts Center
Penn Builders Inc.
Turner Finch Construction – University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research
Bouygues-Bird Joint Venture – Royal Canadian Mounted Police E Division Headquarters
Camden County Improvement Authority: Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Coreslab Structures (OKLA) Inc.
Hensel Phelps Construction Co. – City of San Antonio Public Safety Headquarters
Kjellstrom + Lee Inc. – UVA Barry & Bill Battle Building
Hensel Phelps – High-altitude Army Aviation Training Site
Texas A&M University – Northside Residence Hall
Milton J. Womack Inc./JE Dunn JV – Our Lady of the Lake Heart and Vascular Tower and Trauma Center Expansion
AvalonBay Communities Inc. – Avalon Park Crest
Powell Construction Services LLC
AvalonBay Communities Inc. – AVA H Street
Buckingham Companies
Fortune-Johnson General Contractors
Current Builders – The Residences at Lakehouse
Forino Co.
Mill Creek Residential Trust LLC
Black Hills Corp. – Pueblo Airport Generation Station
URS Corp./Alberici Constructors Inc. – Olmsted Dam Project
APEX Block Corp.
BMW Constructors Inc.
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