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Firm Site visit to The Sheds on Charlotte

Today the firm spent our lunch hour visiting one of our projects under construction.

The Sheds on Charlotte is an adaptive reuse of an historic 1940s Tennessee Department of Transportation vehicle maintenance facility. Located along the developing Charlotte Avenue corridor near downtown, the Sheds are part of the ongoing revitalization of the area. The client’s goals were to maximize leas-able square footage and establish a recognizable presence on Charlotte Avenue, while maintaining the original industrial character. By not re-cladding two of the ten structural bays, two urban courtyards were created that allow views and daylight into the entire length of the buildings; provide an amenity and “front door access” to potential multiple tenants; retain and treat roof and storm water in landscaped bio retention areas; and create a rhythm of gabled forms along Charlotte Avenue. These repeating gables are further strengthened by the use of translucent wall panels that allow the Shed ends to glow at dawn and dusk and provide ample daylight. Inside, the steel and concrete structure was left exposed and largely untouched. Core functions were consolidated around a new central entry lobby near parking and covered drop off. This new core avoided existing structure and costly structural renovation and concentrated new construction to a focused area.

The project’s shell is nearly complete, and one of the Sheds has already been outfitted for tenant occupation. The remaining interior spaces are in the process of fit out for the additional tenants. Check out some photos of our visit!