ABQ Warehouse District

February 14, 2011

Warehouse Adaptive Reuse Precedent (stevealano)

Filed under: Adaptive Reuse Warehouses — celladdition @ 3:36 am
402 East Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007












The Arcus Foundation, a nonprofit formed in 2000 to promote civil and animal rights, commissioned Cambridge Seven Associates to redevelop a 23,000 sf historic railroad depot and a nearby warehouse. Constructed in 1874, the Italianate-style depot is listed on the Michigan Register of Historic Places. Its transformation into Arcus’ new home has sparked regeneration of the neglected neighborhood in Kalamazoo, MI.

Cambridge Seven Associates have created spaces that encourage interaction and communication among Arcus’ staff and the groups it supports. Symbolizing these connections, the project’s centerpiece is a 1,500 sf “winter garden,” located as a linking structure between the depot and the warehouse. Constructed of steel and glass, the winter garden provides a modern foil to the depot’s older masonry construction. It provides year-round space for meetings, conferences, and public gatherings. The warehouse contains an additional 10,000 square feet of meeting rooms. Arcus’ administrative offices and space for other community groups are located in the depot.

Nehil-Sivak structural engineers worked with the architects on repairing and restoring the depot’s masonry, structure and floor framing, as well as preserving timber trusses and wood framing in the warehouse. The team also recreated and preserved elaborately carved wooden brackets along a large open porch that runs the length of the depot’s western elevation. Meanwhile, on the eastern elevation they added a long glass corridor to connect meeting spaces. This circulation spine recalls a loading dock that had occupied the same site during the warehouse’s earlier incarnation.


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