Since 1983, DSA has had experience working and designing within existing buildings on adaptive reuse projects. We have extensive knowledge with the standards and guidelines established for renovating historic buildings. We take pride in giving new life and purpose to an old site or building.
We understand the uniqueness and challenges of adaptive reuse projects as evidenced by the following statements:
We understand the aesthetic importance that a site or building may have to the community and/or historical society in which it is located.
We recognize that there are four types of treatments of historical buildings; preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, and reconstruction and help the client determine which treatment is appropriate for their project.
Taking time to fully understand the existing conditions of the site or building and determining the steps needed to resolve issues while making the building code compliant is one of the primary steps in DSA’s design process.
DSA will develop a design that is economical while ensuring the historical significance of the structure is maintained and/or enhanced.
From our history in completing adaptive reuse projects, DSA understands that the building code for the local jurisdiction may have additional requirements beyond state or national codes which will impact the overall design. The local Fire Department will also review drawings and look closely at the renovations to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the occupants. DSA has an excellent track record of working with local entities, and we welcome this dialogue and interaction. We consider these entities to be valuable resources in the process of providing the owner with a safe and functional building. Through this approach, we have successfully completed numerous past projects that have been designated to be on the Historic Building Registry.
When designing an adaptive reuse project it is important to work closely with the client, if applicable, the local historical society, and the grants committee, to maintain the historic values of the site or building while achieving the functional goals of the owner. DSA has gained this knowledge through completing numerous adaptive reuse projects. This experience allows DSA to develop a systematic and straight forward approach to achieving a successful project by ensuring the numerous challenges of adaptive reuse projects are fully addressed during the design process.
Acorn Corner, historically known as the Franklin Hotel, is a six-story historic building in Kent, Ohio, United States, listed on the National Register of Historic Places since January 2013. After several years of total vacancy and nearly being demolished multiple times in the 2000s, the building was purchased in late 2011. Work began on a complete $6.5 million renovation and restoration of the building, which included construction of a new elevator shaft. The renovated building, hailed as a "Kent miracle", opened in April 2013 and had a grand opening in May. Its anchor tenant is Buffalo Wild Wings, and also includes a wine and jazz bar, offices, and apartments.
This adaptive re-use project of an historic property to produce a combined retail and residential unit facility for the not-for-profit organization, Coleman Residential Services. This mission of this organization is to provide housing to individuals with severe and
persistent mental illness.
The project increased Coleman’s housing offering to its clients by 10 units. The ground level includes the creation of retail spaces intended to be both income generating as well as job creation and skills experience for the residents. The remainder of the building is divided into independent living units.