Louis Berger received a 2014 Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation from the District of Columbia Office of Planning's Historic Preservation Office and the D.C. Preservation League. The award was given for archaeological studies and education for the St. Elizabeths Hospital West Campus in Washington, D.C.
St. Elizabeths Hospital opened in 1855 to serve mentally ill District residents as well as members of the Army and Navy. After 147 years, the hospital fell into disrepair and the West Campus was closed in 2002. Due to its rich history, the property was designated a U.S. National Historical Landmark.
Archaeological work began on the campus in 2004. Greenhorne & O’Mara (now Stantec), who shared the award with Louis Berger, conducted an archaeological survey of the West Campus for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). Louis Berger became involved after sites were identified and detailed studies were needed.
Louis Berger worked with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) on the first phase of the hospital’s transformation into the consolidated headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security. The firm focused on analyzing landscape evolution and modeling deep urban fill soils, and served as archaeological construction monitor, making sure that construction activity did not alter significant archaeological deposits. Louis Berger also worked with the GSA to develop a 300-page narrative on the history of the hospital as part of a public education initiative.
Sponsored by the D.C. Office of Planning’s Historic Preservation Office since 2003, the District of Columbia Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation celebrate preservation excellence in design and construction, archaeology, and education. The awards program honors significant contributions made by individuals, organizations, and businesses promoting historic preservation in the District.