Preservation as a Sustainable Value
The choice to preserve an existing structure speaks to the core of our sustainable values as a firm. As Architect Carl Elefante stated, “The greenest building is the one that is already built.” As efficient as new buildings are today, they still require lots of raw materials such as wood, steel, glass, etc. in order to build them. These raw materials need to be processed, shipped, packaged, delivered on site and assembled, all of which require lots of resources and energy. Historic buildings contain embodied energy from when they were first constructed and preserving that energy speaks to the core of sustainability principles. We approach every preservation project with the goal of improving the overall efficiency of this embodied energy to ensure further longevity and lower maintenance costs.
Restoration as a Community Catalyst
The restoration of a local landmark within a community can have a profound impact on civic pride and future development. When an institution, a city or an individual make the commitment to restore a building to its original character, they are restoring a piece of architecture that they contributes to a community's overall identity.
Rehabilitation as an Economic Investment
Reconstruction as a Contemporary Solution