Quackenbush wins architectural award for renovation project

Successfully repurposing a mid-twentieth-century retail building into a contemporary office space for locally owned financial services firm Abacus Planning Group, Quackenbush Architects + Planners earned an Adaptive Reuse/Renovation Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) South Carolina at their 2015 Design Awards Celebration in Columbia on April 13.

The transformation of a 1965 “International Style” retail and warehousing building brought new life to the structure, its renovation aesthetically blending it into the community. The renovation preserved the exterior envelope and steel, while parceling the interior space into public and private areas.

An open floor plan supports company goals of collaboration and teamwork, while private areas allow confidentiality. New lighting was added to enhance the interior along with a span of windows on the second story.

“A thoroughly convincing renovation,” AIA jury chair Todd Walker said, upon presenting the award. “Crisp, modern, and straightforward -- exactly the right response for this mid-century modern building.”

Quackenbush, a full-service architecture and planning firm, specializes in educational, institutional, civic and commercial projects. The company handles building design, land planning and interiors; its clients include universities, cities, government agencies, school districts and private clients.

Quackenbush is committed to innovation, environmental and regional sensitivity and the fulfillment of client and community interaction.

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