Professional Architectural Office Building: This project involved the renovation of an existing furniture warehouse in downtown Chambersburg, Pennsylvania into a new home for a growing architectural practice.
Program features included studio space for up to 40 design staff, administrative office, and support space, Interior design department space, field representative space, marketing department space, multiple conference rooms, file and submittal storage space, and extensive room for the display of architectural portfolio materials. Furthermore, the building had to be designed to express the value of architectural design as a branding element for the firm.
The project was notable for several reasons:
- The project was located in a historic district and was subject to a historic review.
- The building was located in the downtown area, but not on the main street. Parking, wayfinding, and street presence were all important issues for the design.
- The programmatic requirements for the building were extensive, and the building was relatively small, with only a little area around it for expansion. The usage of space had to be efficient and cost-effective.
- Building spaces were located on three floors in the building. Accessibility rules were a concern for the cost of the design.
- The building was an expression of the architectural firm’s design sensibility and needed to be attractive and well-considered.
- This project received an AIA Central Pennsylvania Design Merit Award, a CADC Property Improvement Award, and a Metal Architecture Magazine Honorable Mention.
The total Construction Cost for the project was approximately $3,500,000, delivered under a traditional design-bid-build contract.
Carter Architectural Design staff led, managed, and designed this project while employed at Noelker and Hull Associates Architects.