Historic Van Antwerp Building Renovation
Size: 50,000 sf
Project Awards: Eagle Winner Historical Restoration/Renovation $10M+ ABC National Excellence in Construction; AIA Montgomery Honor Award
GMC served as the project architect for the renovation of the historic Van Antwerp building in downtown Mobile, Ala., owned by the Retirement Systems of Alabama. The renovation of the 108-year-old high-rise involved working on a tight urban site and transforming the building for corporate and mixed-use tenants. The 11-story Van Antwerp building is recognized as the first large-scale reinforced concrete structure and terracotta-clad building in Mobile and one of the first skyscrapers in the Southeast and the first along the gulf coast. The renovations and additions to the existing 11-story property included a new parking deck, an 11-story addition to provide a new stairwell, service elevator and mechanical chase, and demolition of neighboring attached building to create a concealed service alley for the new building. A complete interior renovation was performed, including all new layouts, window and door replacement, restored interior details, new mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems, along with new elevators and life safety improvements. The building was reprogrammed for new and existing tenants based on specific needs and to maximize efficiency for future tenant leasing as Class B office space. With much of the original terracotta exterior skin intact, the project team was able to restore the original building skin and return it to its original character.
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