Tax Credits for Historic Preservation

Tax Credits for Historic Preservation

There was a time when people saw the creation of new structures as the epitome of growth, even if that meant tearing existing buildings down. Between the post-World War II years and the 1980s, many a historic building was razed in the name of “urban renewal” and “progress.” Gratefully, an undercurrent of historical preservation arose, [Read More]

Functional Green Space in the Concrete Jungle

Functional Green Space in the Concrete Jungle

Lately, we’ve been involved with several brownfield, adaptive reuse and urban redevelopment projects in city centers. Like many others, our city is experiencing an urban renaissance big enough for the Wall Street Journal to take note. Currently, we’re restoring a metropolitan theatre, redeveloping a 20-story hotel for conversation to apartments, and have several other projects on the [Read More]

Downtown Cousins: Brownfields, Urban Redevelopment and Adaptive Reuse

Downtown Cousins: Brownfields, Urban Redevelopment and Adaptive Reuse

Growing up, I often visited South Georgia, where my father told me what it was like in the early days of a cotton farmer. As I recall, they would plant the same crop annually, repeating year after year. There were lots of reasons for this of course–I am certainly not chucking spears at the farmers–but [Read More]

Building Automation for Energy Savings

Building Automation for Energy Savings

In Texas, we are closing out a unique institutional project. This former skating rink has been made over to become an educational facility designed and built for LEED certification. Many progressive techniques and products were utilized in the construction. Perhaps one of the more interesting is the Alerton Building Automation System, which controls and monitors [Read More]

Civil Rights and the Evolution of Design

Civil Rights and the Evolution of Design

Last fall, we broke ground on a project that was more than special. It’s an honor. Independent Living Resources provides community-based, non-residential services and advocacy for those living with disabilities. The new location we are building in Birmingham’s Civil Rights District seems more than fitting. As IRL Executive Director Dan Kessler, told The Birmingham News, [Read More]

If You Want the Win, Practice and Prepare.

If You Want the Win, Practice and Prepare.

We recently made a presentation to a prospective customer who had an adaptive reuse project that seemed perfect for us. It involved revitalizing an area of the city, which is exactly the type of project we enjoy. We confidently answered all the questions in the RFI, and the presentation seemed to go flawlessly. As we [Read More]

What Does it Take to Make Existing Retail Space Useful? Imagination.

What Does it Take to Make Existing Retail Space Useful? Imagination.

As I see it, the need for large store platforms is diminishing, for a while at least. The retail community is starting to think outside the box. When the economy was booming and credit was easy to obtain, consumers were buying goods at a record pace. Retailers began building bigger and bigger box stores to [Read More]

Trend Spotting: Adaptive Re-use of Existing Commercial Properties

Trend Spotting: Adaptive Re-use of Existing Commercial Properties

It’s not surprising that in the U.S., only one new enclosed mall has opened in the last 4 years. In that same time, it has been estimated that nearly 500 of the 2,000+ malls in our country have closed. That translates to a lot of property and structures available for immediate use. But who wants [Read More]