A re-imagined historic building and adaptive re-use
The Roosevelt, an adaptive re-use project in Ames, IA, is largely move-in ready! For the last two years, JCorp and RES Development have been working on giving new life to this former Ames School District School in the form of 20 condominiums, creating a unique living opportunity within Central Iowa.
JCorp provided the design, structural engineering, and construction management services throughout the design and construction process, and worked closely with RES Development to provide a very customized product. The community response has been very positive toward the conversion of this well-loved building.
Adaptive re-use projects pose a host of challenges-
-Using an existing building’s structure and spaces in a new, creative, and functional way
-Respecting a building’s past while giving it new life- Roosevelt School is on the National Register of Historic Places and strict guidelines had to be met in order for the project to move forward
-Developing and presenting a conceptual design to the community and receiving feedback
-Balancing the desires of the community, future unit owners, and economic factors to create a beautiful, feasible, and functional repurposed building
-Meeting timeline constraints while finding surprises due to the historic nature of the building
RES Development and JCorp achieved solutions to these challenges by working with all the parties involved- requesting, listening, and responding to input from the community, tailoring custom units for future owners, solving problems on the fly with sub-contractors, and designing beautiful new living spaces within the constraints of the building envelope and structural system. JCorp designed new floor structure within the former gym volume to add more units, as well as unique structural solutions on the balconies and by cutting new openings for windows. RES Development and JCorp showed design sensitivity and commitment to its clients throughout the process by working so closely with buyers, the community, and the National Register of Historic Places to ensure a product that satisfies everyone involved. The result is a building that respects its past, and promises a successful future continuing to be an icon of the community.
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