10/01/2010

A Matter of Eye and Heart

An architectural firm transforms a dilapidated shell into its LEED-certified office

 
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    According to the Project Innovations judges, 1228 9th Street NW was a catalyst for its location and is more than the sum of its parts: “A very positive reuse of a building with wonderful access to daylight.” ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF HOACHLANDER DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY

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    The exterior of 1228 9th Street NW (the central building featuring the blue entry door) was restored by removing paint and repointing/rebuilding the stone and brick masonry facade. ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF HOACHLANDER DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY

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    The traditional vestibule, stair hall, and adjacent parlor room remained in their original configurations. ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF HOACHLANDER DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY

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    The second-floor space was transformed from many small rooms into open studio space. ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF HOACHLANDER DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY

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When an abandoned building falls into insurmountable decay, it's time to call the demolition crew – or a visionary who can find opportunity where others see only challenge.

Fortunately, the dilapidated former Row House in Washington, D.C.'s Shaw Historic District, caught the eye – and heart – of BELL Architects PC. Looking for a project in which to integrate craftsmanship and historic preservation with LEED certification, the firm was also seeking a new home for its offices.

As designer and long-term owner of today's 1228 9th Street NW, David Bell, president at BELL Architects PC, recalls how he gained a much greater appreciation for his clients "in terms of budget control, particularly in balancing cost-effective solutions for historic preservation and LEED certification on our own dime, as well as dealing with contractors and regulatory agencies at a much more detailed level. In addition, we had to make the building functional for our own uses, but aesthetically pleasing so it could become a showpiece for what we do."


MERIT AWARD:

1228 9th Street NW, Washington, D.C.

CATEGORY: MODERNIZATION

Project Team

(partial list)

Architect/Owner (Award Submitter): BELL Architects PC
MEP Engineer: Min Engineering
Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates
Fire Protection Consultant: Applied Fire Protection Engineering
General Contractor: OS & B Construction
Historic Preservation: Killeen Restoration; Restoration Concepts

Among the highlights of the project:

  • An energy-efficient envelope was created without adverse impact on the structure's historic integrity. Improvements included repaired and painted metal window hoods and wood windows, interior storm windows, soy-based foam insulation, solar-tracking skylights, and high-albedo membrane roofing.
  • While certain interior areas retained their original historical configuration, a second floor and rear garage/infill were dedicated to open studio space very different from the original floor plan.
  • The integration of sustainable products and principles, using the Green Globe online auditing tool, included advanced daylighting systems, energy-efficient lighting and appliances, low-flow plumbing fixtures, low-VOC finishes, and products made of natural materials and/or recycled content.

Today, Bell acknowledges that the experience has expanded the value-add that the firm offers its clients, "but it's still a joy to walk in the space."

Suppliers

Doors/Storefronts: Restoration Concepts
Facades/Curtainwall: Kirei sorghum board
Hardware: Schlage, Brass Knob, Yale
Roofing: Everguard
Windows/Glass: Teldwen
Skylights: CiraLight, Naturalite
HVAC: Ductsox
Lighting: Ledalight Sona, Lithonia
Plumbing/Washrooms: Toto, Caroma
Security: Protection One
Carpet: USG Fiberlock underlayment; Interface carpet
Doors: Precision Doors
Flooring: Forbo
Paint: Sherwin Williams
Walls/Partitions: USG

 

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