Lorenzo Battistelli

Lorenzo Battistelli

Inspired by his Italian roots and his abiding interest in architectural history and historic design, Lorenzo serves as VMDO’s in-house technical preservation specialist, providing detailed guidance on the firm’s historic projects. Most recently, for Sweet Briar College, Lorenzo directed the scope of historic preservation for the renovation and addition of the Ralph Adams Cram-designed Cochran Library – one of the first buildings executed as part of Cram’s 1927 Master Plan for the College.

A major focus of Lorenzo’s work on Cochran Library involved preserving the original façade of the building, which had been damaged by an unfortunate 1960s addition. The scope of the renovation, shaped by Lorenzo, involved restoring original cast stone pieces, renovating and cleaning cornices, color matching brick, re-pointing mortar, and cleaning masonry which had experienced significant water damage. With meticulous dedication to detail and coordination, Lorenzo worked to preserve the legacy of Cram’s design while restoring the library as a major student destination on campus.

With every historic project, Lorenzo’s aim and responsibility is to decipher the building and get to know it both from a detailed physical and digital perspective. Lorenzo’s studious inspection of a building allows him to translate it carefully and accurately into 3D BIM model format. A labor of love, this accurate modeling supports the creation of a compelling series of drawings, efficient consultant coordination, and streamlined communication regarding what is in need of renovation and what is not. These visualization efforts allow the building’s legacy, design, and renovation to come together in a streamlined, coordinated document that is as precise as it is thoughtful.