The need to provide a comprehensive restoration of the Residence has been well documented over the years. In 1983, a master plan for building preservation was developed by architecture, landscape architecture and interior design professionals, and that plan was updated in 1995. Then in 2011, a facilities assessment was conducted which outlined systems requirements that needed to be addressed over the next five years. The assessment confirmed that many of the Residence’s components and systems were beyond their life expectancy, and that the accessibility, security and sustainability of the building needed to be addressed.
In January of 2012, the Department of Administration initiated predesign efforts for the repair, restoration, and preservation of the Residence, and retained the architecture firm, Miller Dunwiddie, to lead the effort. The predesign examined all interior and exterior components of the Residence and provides a template for future design and construction efforts. The predesign report also aids in ensuring the most critical work is prioritized with the available funding.