Adaptive Re-Use & Historic Preservation

ROCK CITY SENIOR APARTMENTS & RETAIL (SECTION 42) —WABASH, IN
R&B Architects proposed, designed, documented, and coordinated the 2014 Section 42 Application for adaptive re-use within the core of Wabash Indiana’s proposed “Stellar District”. Innovative interior designs create a multi-level interior courtyard in an otherwise land-locked commercial district. Existing first floor retail tenants are retained during construction, utilizing a phased implementation plan.

OVERLOOK AT THE FAIRGROUNDS APARTMENTS— INDIANAPOLIS, IN
This project is an adaptive re-use of a historic art deco candy factory into moderate income multi-tenant building. The approach combines Historic Preservation with first floor Retail and Community Space. Seven of the 52 units will be master leased by Meridian Health for Independent Living , a concept of the corporation for the Supportive housing (CSH). Affordable apartments ring the second and third floor perimeter, while a multi-story interior atrium is cut through the existing building. Construction is currently underway.

SCOTT BLOCK SENIOR APARTMENTS—MADISON, IN
This was a 2013 collaboration with building owner and affordable housing provider PAH (501c3), the City of Madison, and IHCDA to return the Historic Façade to its original configuration and offer quality apartment residential over viable B-Class first floor retail tenant space. The scope of the completed Capital Needs Assessment included a 36,000 Square Feet Renovation, 6,000 Square Feet New Construction, 31 Residential Units, and 4 Retail Units.


Community Planning & Development

CITY OF LOGANSPORT GRANT PLANNING —LOGANSPORT, IN
R&B Architects partnered with HWC Engineering to provide the City of Logansport with Grant and Community Planning services for 2015 applications to Stellar and America’s Best Communities. This process has led to funding for multiple projects led by R&B, including a 118-building downtown façade study and additional historic renovation of Logansport’s Community Center.

MONROE STREET LOFTS / WATER STREET RETAIL—FRANKLIN, IN
R&B Architects collaborated with the Franklin Development Corporation and private developer IndReno to design adaptive re-use of three historic downtown commercial buildings, creating five luxury condos, and three viable retail opportunities directly across from the Johnson County Courthouse and within easy walk of Franklin College.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN—ATTICA, INDIANA
R&B Architects led the 2016 coordination of comprehensive planning to redevelop the City of Attica. The plan outlines methods and priorities for adaptive re-use within the core of Attica and for application for Stellar designation. This study was funded by OCRA Block Development.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATIONS
R&B Architects is currently working with several Community Development Corporations on multiple projects. We are the King Park CDC Architectural Consultant, which includes analyses of Compliance, Historic Tax credits, code analysis, and role of Architect of Record when needed. We completed a feasibility study for Old North Side Foundation in 2012 for the reuse of a former Jehovah’s Witnesses Assembly Hall a potential Performing Arts Center. We are involved with Mapleton Fall Creek CDC on community initiatives, including donor development and Great Places 2020; and will soon welcome them as our neighbors at 32nd and Meridian.


Tenant Development

1702 NORTH BELLEFONTAINE TENANT RENOVATION, INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Renovations to multi-tenant leases of this vacant commercial structure became a neighborhood focus point. R&B provided presentation materials suitable for a federal historic tax credit application, State Design Release (ADCR), a zoning change, and City approval. The tenant build-out was completed for King Park Community Development Corporation.

TINKER STREET RESTAURANT, INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA
Formerly a real estate office on East 16th Street, the building has now become a top destination for fine dining in the city. Shared by both Herron Morton and Old Northside historic neighborhoods, the small restaurant seats 36 patrons inside and 36 outside. It is a highly successful component of the rebirth of Tinker Street (16th Street).


Performing Arts Centers

INDIANAPOLIS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER FEASIBILITY STUDY – INDIANAPOLIS, IN
This Feasibility Study established the preliminary plan for adaptive reuse of a historic church building for purchase, renovation, commissioning, and operation of a regional performing arts facility. The study determined the current conditions of the building envelope, systems, paved areas, utilities and site improvements.

THEATRE ON THE SQUARE, INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA
This Feasibility and Funding study for the adaptive re-use of arts district storefront programmed two rotating performance spaces (100-120 seats) with company’s corporate offices, equipment storage, and educational venues. A multi-phased restoration approach revitalized the secondary stage while main stage and lobby were in continuous use.

TALBOTT THEATRE, INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA
This historical restoration plan for the 1910 movie house and mid-century entertainment venue used multi-phased collaborative funds from Indiana Landmarks, DNR, CDC, and private philanthropy.


Multi-family Housing

VILLAS AT THE PLAZA SENIOR APARTMENTS, SOUTHPORT, INDIANA
R&B Architects designed for maximum utilization of the existing site, proposing a series of new buildings for multiple leased tenants including program spaces based on the IHCDA QAP 2013-2014 requirements. R&B was essential in assisting non-profit Client, Partnership for Affordable Housing, with documentation to secure funding. The 1-2 bedroom units will begin construction Spring 2017.

HACIENDA APARTMENTS, INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA
May of 2008 an EF-2 tornado severely damaged the 200 unit Falcon Point Apartments. The buildings remained unrepaired until 2012, when R&B Architects was retained as the Architect of Record. Construction was completed in 2015, with the ten-building complex renamed Hacienda Apartments. The $8.8 million, phased project was funded through HUD, IHCDA, and private capital.

PENDLETON PLACE COTTAGES, PENDLETON, INDIANA
R&B designed 40 single-story market-rate housing units, new construction, grouped in townhomes and duplexes. R&B worked with the Client and Pendleton to develop the best use of 2 br / 2 ba units and parking on the 3.78 acre site. The complex satisfies a need for a growing population. Construction began in Summer 2016.

ERIE STREET APARTMENTS, LOGANSPORT, INDIANA
R&B Architects designed a prototype of one-story, mixed-income duplexes to fill two housing needs: affordability and adaptability. The design integrates green objectives with features to provide comfort, energy efficiency, and durability to meet both the needs of families and special needs populations. The design for the buildings and the site is a whole-project approach; integrating location efficiency, site maximization, and effective use of materials and durability.