WASHINGTON, D.C. – Historic Preservationist Naomi Doddington was recently featured on two segments of Fox 5 D.C.’s morning news program, Good Day D.C., to highlight May as Historic Preservation Month and discuss Consigli’s exposed aggregate concrete restoration work at Meridian Hill Park, which employed modern technology with a thoughtful, artistic approach.
As an expert in historic preservation and project manager on the Meridian Hill Park project, Naomi offered detailed insight into the team’s careful and complex restoration of existing concrete aggregate – a medium of construction pioneered by craftsman J.J. Earley in 1915 – as well as the installation of more than 13,000 square feet of new exposed aggregate paving to match the park’s original finish.
Given that no quarry ever produces the same stone twice, in order to restore the park’s original exposed aggregate, Consigli analyzed the composition of the aggregate’s stones and used that scientific analysis to develop the correct size, color and shape of new stones that were then collected from the field to match the existing materials. This method of preservation employed modern technology while keeping a thoughtful and artistic approach to the park’s restoration.
In addition to showcasing the construction and restoration work, Naomi also shared her professional background and her unique career path as a woman in construction.
“I’ve always loved history and old buildings, and the stories behind places, but I didn’t know about historic preservation when I was growing up. I started as an architecture major in college, then went over to the theater department, and I have a degree in set design. I taught school for a little while, and then I started thinking, what do I really want to do with the rest of my life? And I thought, I want to do something with history and old buildings, so I got my master’s degree in historic preservation, came over to construction management, and I have loved every minute of it.”
Click here to watch Naomi’s first Good Day D.C. segment.
Click here to watch Naomi’s second Good Day D.C. segment.
Through partnership with the National Park Service, Consigli recently completed construction and restoration work on the lower level of Meridian Hill Park, which included modernizations and improvements to the park’s accessibility, as well as the restoration of its historic features.