Leach Wallace was commissioned to design the mechanical and electrical systems for the restoration of the U.S. Postal Service’s Headquarters Benjamin Franklin Room. This renovated southwest portion of the eleventh floor was redesigned to be used for large meetings, banquets, and a space for the Board of Governor Meetings. The two boardrooms, capable to simultaneous use, are separated by skyfold power operated walls. When the walls are retracted completely into the ceiling plenum, the singular large space provides a multifunctional area for approximately 600 occupants.
The building was occupied during construction and maintenance of security at all times was the highest priority. In addition, no disruption to adjacent tenants (including the Post Master General) was allowed. For these reasons, project phasing and scheduled brief power outages were carefully coordinated with the building owner.