Wolfe House & Building Movers

Project Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Category: Environmental + Sustainability

Started: July 7, 2022

Completed: October 31, 2022

Project Team: 

Project Management- Jamin Buckingham

Project Management- Mike Brovont

Foreman- Dan Parbel

Project Summary: When Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland, began plans to modernize and expand the buildings at the heart of their 100-year-old campus, they faced the dilemma of how to preserve their architectural heritage while adapting to the changing needs of the school. At the core of this issue was the 9,000-sq-ft Tudor Revival style Andrews House, acquired by the school in the 1930s. The 2½-story building has housed faculty, classrooms, and offices over the years, and Landon School chose to save this important piece of the school’s history by relocating it to another part of the campus rather than demolishing it. Wolfe House & Building Movers contracted to relocate the 1100-ton structure. Wolfe’s team engineered a platform of steel beams under the building and lifted it with their Buckingham SmartJack System™, then installed 26 Buckingham dollies to transport it to the new location. The Buckingham SmartSteer® Power Dolly System allowed the foreman to drive the masonry building over the 800’ move route, using only a handheld control with touchscreen. When the building was in place over the new footers, Wolfe supported it in place while the new foundation was built under it. Relocating the Andrews House enabled the school to preserve their history and save resources while moving into the future.