Raymond F. Rola
Commercial design is public design. Care must be taken to ensure that not only the project Owner’s requirements are met but also the needs of the end user. We specialize in navigating through the codes and regulations that control commercial buildings and spaces. Compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and local health department regulations are a few of the issues that must be addressed in commercial design. Commercial design can be very time sensitive. Projects must be brought in on time and on budget. Also current trends in lighting, materials, and color concepts must be understood in order to achieve a successful design.
Residential spaces, whether single family or multi-family, need to carefully consider the effects of design on the wellness of the occupants. Natural light and fresh air are at the top of the list of factors that influence the design of residential spaces. Understanding patterns of behavior and consumption needs in todays society is vital to creating a well balanced residential space. Today’s trends towards smaller living spaces requires a careful look at how spaces such as kitchens and closets are allocated.
historical / adaptive reuse
Adaptive reuse refers to the process of reusing an existing building for a purpose other than which it was originally built or designed for. It is also known as recycling or conversion. Adaptive reuse is an effective strategy for optimizing the operational and commercial performance of built assets. Our firm is experienced in assisting the client/developer in responding to the challenges that older historical buildings present. We have worked with historical consultants to obtain historical tax credits for qualifying properties. Our experience includes feasibility studies, code reviews, and rehabilitation documentation of historical properties as well as obtaining approvals from local historical review agencies.