Texas Governor’s Mansion

State Preservation Board

JQ’s experience with the Texas Governor’s Mansion began with a deferred maintenance project in 2007. Services included the design of structural reinforcement for existing wood joists and studs that were altered for installation of new mechanical systems, as well as extensive underpinning of the 1914 portion of the historic structure to create a new basement mechanical room. After an arsonist set fire to the mansion in 2008, the deferred maintenance contract was halted and JQ was immediately contracted to provide structural engineering services for the stabilization of the structure. Initial work included on-site investigation to assess fire damage and determine stability. Structural stabilization efforts involved extensive visual observation of elements as materials and debris were removed from the interior, as well as examination of exterior load-bearing masonry walls and areas of the basement and crawlspace. JQ began designing and detailing structural shoring for the floors, lateral bracing for the exterior walls and a temporary roof to protect the interior from further damage. Upon completion of the stabilization, the historic restoration process began both inside and outside of the mansion. Many structural challenges were uncovered as layers were peeled away to uncover the original structure. Numerous site visits were required, often with little advanced notice, to stay on top of the frequent discoveries.

Location: Austin, TX
Size: 10,000 SF
Services: Structural
Cost: $25M