Specializing in the Recycling of Commercial Buildings 

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Sole Architecture is a hands-on architectural practice that specializes in the restoration and adaptive reuse of historical and commercial buildings.  
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What is Recycling?  

Recycling is a design process that transforms an existing building from its original use into a new and functional use.

The adaptive reuse process focuses on retaining the building’s historical features, while incorporating new architectural elements and systems into the new use.

The recycling process is not limited to historic structures but can also be utilized on non-historic and obsolete buildings.


Advantages of Recycling 

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Reduced Costs
Construction costs are reduced through the reuse of the original building’s exterior shell, structural members, and interior components. The reuse of these components reduces the need for new and more expensive building materials. By limiting the amount of new materials installed, labor costs are also reduced.
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The phasing of the construction process compresses the time schedule. A phasing approach allows occupancy in one area of the building, while construction continues in another. Phasing allows for cash inflow during construction, thus minimizing financing costs.
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Green Solution
The recycling of a decayed or obsolete building is a “green” solution.  The adaptive reuse of a commercial building, in lieu of new construction, reduces the consumption of building materials and natural resources. The selection of energy efficient systems and “green” materials all contribute to a sustainable structure.
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Costs to recycle a building are competitive with new construction. Advantages of an adaptive reuse project is reduced construction costs, phasing of the construction schedule and sustainability.


The project methodology for the recycling of a building is a five-step process from the identification of a suitable building through final occupancy. 
Step 1: Identification
Identifying a building and neighborhood for reuse based upon economic, social and environmental conditions. Applicable zoning and building codes verified.
Step 2: Building Condition Assessment
Overall assessment of the condition of the existing building. Historical elements to be salvaged and restored are identified.
Step 3: Detailed Study of Structure
A thorough structural, mechanical, and architectural inspection of the building. Each component is inspected by professional engineers and consultants.
Step 4: Design and Pricing Phase
Utilizing Brand Architecture elements into the design of the building. Cost estimates are generated to verify compliance with budgets.
Step 5: Construction Phase
Installation of all specified materials and systems and the monitoring of the construction progress.


Design Philosophy

The design philosophy of Sole Architecture centers on brand architecture.

Each project utilizes brand architecture to incorporate distinctive and easily recognizable architectural features into the end-product.

The goal is to provide the client with a fully functional building consisting of architectural elements that clearly defines the image of the clients’ brand.

Exterior branding design elements emphasized include entrances, exterior materials, fenestration and signage. Interior architectural branding features are designed to create a unique and memorable experience for the end user and their patrons.


Adaptive Reuse
Exterior Restorations
Interior Restorations
New Construction
Feasibility Analysis
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