This former structure has had many lives. Originally built as a car wash, the linear building was composed of a series of parallel masonry walls divided into eight equal stalls. At some point in the 1980’s, the stalls were enclosed to create offices and a second level was added with an odd gable roof form with repetitive dormers. The structure is located in an emerging neighborhood along a primary vehicular route.
Our client began the project with the goal of repopulating the renovated building with business tenant that would support and compliment the growth of this area. The existing building was stripped down to its masonry walls and wooden frame. New glass and aluminum storefront was added to the ground level to enclose the former stalls creating small individual office or connected to create larger suites. The upper level is divided into three larger office suites with shared restrooms. The existing gable roof form was removed and replaced with a low slope roof to reduce cost and provide a place for the mechanical units hidden behind its parapets. Punched windows are centered above each carwash bay.