Adaptive Reuse: the process of reusing an old site or building for a purpose other than that which it was built of designed for.
Our projects often find us in historic areas or working with existing buildings that have led productive lives long before we came onto the scene. The architects and designers that we partner with look at these neighborhoods and find the best and most creative ways to blend old and new. One wouldn’t park a glass and steel box next to the Parthenon or build a log cabin in Downtown Manhattan. Such was the case with our award-winning project, The Foundry at the Yards.
Located in Washington, DC, the Foundry Lofts was the first building in a 40-acre revitalization project. The area is dotted with dormant manufacturing and warehouse buildings, and we used the skeleton of a 1930’s Pattern Shop to create a vibrant mix of apartments and storefronts for new Downtown dwellers.
A waterfront property, Foundry Lofts mixes the strength of an industrial façade with panoramic views, resident amenities, and more. Lowering the original first floor allowed construction of two levels of on-site indoor parking. Two new stories were added to the top of the building, and use metal and expansive glass to bring in light and provide views of the Anacostia River and the DC skyline. The renovated interior of the building starts with an elegant lobby, a furnished courtyard, a theater room, fitness center, and 177 townhomes, condos, lofts, and penthouse apartments. All of these features surround a tasteful and soothing inner courtyard, creating an oasis in the city.
It is often said that the greenest building is the one already standing, and Foundry Lofts is a great example of that. Using construction techniques, energy efficient infrastructure, and a green roof, Foundry Lofts is expected to receive LEED certification. Undergoing a full demolition and reconstruction is a long and costly proposition, and is disruptive to a community. Residents of Washington can live in a historic property that is near work, recreation, and entertainment. We’re honored to have been part of the Adaptive Reuse of Foundry Lofts, and to have been selected as the Best Adaptive Reuse from non-residential to rental apartments by the National Association of Home Builders.