Chattanooga City Hall Renovation
TWH/MBI was selected by the City of Chattanooga to completely redesign the interior of the 100 year old R.L. Hunt designed Chattanooga City Hall. While the classical exterior design had, with the exception of the windows, remained intact, the interior had walls and finishes reflecting ten decades of use and misuse. All interior walls and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems were demolished in the four-floor building, except the elevator and stairs. New materials and detailing used in the reconstruction reflected materials used at the time of the original construction, including terrazzo and oak paneling. New energy-efficient wood windows replaced all existing aluminum single-pane windows and matched the window configuration of the original design. New mechanical equipment and duct work, new lighting and electrical wiring, new plumbing lines and fixtures, as well as a completely new fire sprinkler system provided new energy-efficient systems. The ceilings were raised to expose the exterior transom lights and allow more daylighting into the offices and public areas. Interior walls include period style windows and trim which allows daylight to penetrate into the interior spaces. New terrazzo floors with eclectic patterns reminiscent of the period were installed. The elevator equipment and cabs were overhauled and newly designed doors were patterned with historic etching in mind. The original grand staircase that openly connected all floors was restored to its early grandeur. TWH/MBI worked with a stained glass artist to recreate the window that served as a backdrop to the staircase before construction covered it.