Quinn Evans Architects and the Crapo Building redevelopment project are featured in an article by MLive.
The article, written by Andrew Dodson, speaks to the current stage of the redevelopment project of this 125 year old historic Crapo building, located in downtown Bay City, Michigan. The developer Jennifer Acosta, partnered with architects in the QEA office and Spence Brothers for what is estimated to be a $12 million redevelopment of the former Chemical Bank building, renamed "The Legacy".
"The most recent design calls for four commercial spaces. The building's ground level has three spaces -- two for offices and one for a restaurant where the bank lobby was located. Engineers are testing whether the building's basement can accommodate the fourth commercial space."
- Andrew Dodson
The redevelopment will convert the building into ground floor commercial space and residential units on the 2nd through 5th floor, while also maintaining key interior historic features. These include such things as wood trims, door and transom assembles, and stairways, to name a few. The project will remove the existing metal façade installed over the historic building during the 1960’s and replace all windows. A new exterior skin for the first two floors will be aesthetically compatible with the historic building. You can see the process of removing the metal façade in the video below.
QEA principal, Elisabeth Knibbe is very excited to be designing "The Legacy" and is looking forward to working with the developer and consultants.
"It has been a rather unexciting building for such a long time. I'm excited to fully uncover it and see it rebuilt. It's going to be a great project for downtown Bay City."
- Elisabeth Knibbe, FAIA, LEED AP
You can read the full article here.