Rendering of proposed renovation
A good example of this is a building we participated in the design of in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Once the headquarters for the Portsmouth Herald, the new owners sought to find new tenants for the building. Part of the challenge was the dated look of the building and its lack of character. Frankly the building was just ugly and didn't allow for any real natural light inside and wasn't much to look at outside.
Early concept sketches
The other need was for an entry that had more prominence. This also gave us an opportunity to add a more contemporary look to the building and introduce more "high tech" materials.
By saving the building we were able to reduce the amount of waste that would've been brought to landfills. The new windows are highly efficient and allow much greater daylighting. The new building systems are much more efficient. And the building is starting to fill up with new tenants.
We hope you'll agree that the end result is a vast improvement.
Architect of record: Destefano Architects