A Former Sears Building in Atlanta Is Transformed into a Live-work-eat-shop-play Opportunity

The market research conducted by Jamestown indicated young professionals and empty nesters were the targeted demographics. The design followed suit and thus provided hip, lofty living space with privacy and unit amenities all residents would desire.

As part of its historic preservation and adaptive-reuse effort, Stevens & Wilkinson embraced the building’s 1925 architectural features.

As part of its historic preservation and adaptive-reuse effort, Stevens & Wilkinson embraced the building’s 1925 architectural features.

Leading to LEED

The installation of water-efficient fixtures and landscaping, reclamation of rainwater and other building-generated water, as well as the incorporation of LED lighting and proficient HVAC systems in the base building are all part of Ponce City Market’s goal to achieve LEED Core & Shell Silver certification. Tenants of the FLATS, offices and commercial spaces will be vested in state-of-the-art, sustainable and efficient conditions.

Stevens & Wilkinson had LEED certification in mind when finalizing how the FLATS would be designed. The energy-efficient appliances coupled with efficiently engineered mechanical and plumbing systems will contribute to the coveted sustainable design designation.

As the largest adaptive reuse project in Atlanta’s history, the entire Ponce City Market project is estimated at more than $200 million. The overall project is close to finishing construction with the expected completion in mid-2015.

Retrofit Team

Owner: Jamestown, Atlanta
Architect: Stevens & Wilkinson, Atlanta
Contributing Interior Designer: Fogarty Finger, New York
Engineering: Jordan & Skala, Atlanta, and Browder + LeGuizamon, Atlanta
Program Management: Silverman Construction Program Management, Atlanta

The FLATS include a mix of studio, one-, two- and three bedroom units, including 17 two-level lofts. Floor plans range from 575-square-foot studios to 1,790-square-foot three-bedroom lofted units.

The FLATS include a mix of studio, one-, two- and three bedroom units, including 17 two-level lofts. Floor plans range from 575-square-foot studios to 1,790-square-foot three-bedroom lofted units.

Materials

Custom clerestory windows: Atlanta Commercial Millwork Inc.
Porcelain floor tile: Casalgrande Padana
Subway tile: Roca Tile USA
Cabinetry and pulls: AyA Kitchens & Baths Ltd.
Quartz countertops: Daltile
Refrigerators: Kenmore, and Summit Appliance
Dishwasher: Bosch (Panel front from AyA)
Range: Summit Appliance
Microwave: Panasonic
Stacked washer/dryer: GE
Vanity faucet with aerator: Pioneer Industries Inc.
Low-flow showerhead: Delta
Dual-flush toilet: Kohler
HVAC: Carrier
Energy-recovery units: AAON

PHOTOS AND ILLUSTRATION: Ponce City Market

About the Author

Don Eberly
Don Eberly is president and chief operating officer of Atlanta-based Eberly & Collard Public Relations, which specializes in the architecture, engineering, interior design, and residential/commercial product manufacturing industries.

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