Adaptive Redevelopment & Reuse of Vacant Urban Structures
February 25, 2013 at 10:11 AM
GAR Building Revitalization:
INNOVATION + REVITALIZATION
- The 18,000 sq. ft. GAR Building has been vacant for the last 4-5 years. In that time, it has been vandalized and stripped of all or most of its copper wire and pipes. Walls floors and the roof have been damaged as a result of vandalism. The building has been without heat since its vacancy and water has entered the building primarily through several roof penetrations.
- The building is now owned by Mr. Martin A. Yenawine who also owns the contiguous properties known as Onondaga Commons. This project is anticipated to involve several phases of restoration. The first phase, which will commence once the building is free and clear of any environmental contamination, is focused on the restoration of the building envelope including the roof and the replacement of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems throughout.
- Some removals and construction of new walls together with the installation of new ceiling grids to support lighting, air diffusers and smoke detectors will set the stage for future tenant modifications. It is currently anticipated that all three floors will be utilized for commercial office spaces. The components for those spaces and the infrastructure to support them shall be grounded in good energy conservation practices.
GAR Project Highlights:
- Innovative Green Infrastructure installations that will contribute to the roughly 6-10 million gallons of rainwater that will soon be managed annually at the Onondaga Commons. The installations amount to over a million dollars in fully funded property improvements.
- Groundbreaking Rain Water Harvesting System will utilize Geosyntec’s truly innovative OptiRTC integrated harvesting system and stormwater infrastructure technology that, for the first time, will allow for the mitigation of Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) events, precludes system expansions, and maximizes harvesting potential. The system will also be the first known system in the North East that will allow for captured volume to be utilized for both potable and non-potable uses.