This building renovation, a design-build project with a local construction company, combined and repurposed three former warehouse buildings of varying styles and age into a state-of-art fabrication and clinic space for an established prosthetics and orthotics practitioner. The owner, a talented artist, wanted a building that would not only be functional for his fabrication operation, but would also offer a memorable image with a modern flare.
Drawing details from the two most prominent nearby structures – a ribbon of railroad tracks and an interstate highway bridge – the three buildings are visually combined with a 200-foot long ribbon of stainless steel, industrial finishes and round concrete columns. The original windowless brick and metal façade of the warehouse was replaced with reflective glass above a glass block base, allowing light into the fabrication center while keeping operations private. The remainder of the exterior wall is covered in corrugated stainless steel panels and simulated stucco finish. A neon sculpture tops the arched main entrance and increases visibility from I-581.