Penn Rose Building

Adaptive Reuse
We were retained by local developer Boulevard Building Inc. in 2013 to prepare a Feasibility Study to convert the Historic Penn Rose Building to a Class A Leed Rated office building with ground floor retail.

We also prepared options to convert the building to loft apartments. Based on difficulties negotiating with the Building Owner our Client abandoned the project.


Constructed entirely of reinforced concrete including the decorated fa├žade the building presented a variety of challenges including the need to add windows at the west elevation that would preserve the potential to receive historical tax credits. Drawings were submitted and reviewed by Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission obtaining preliminary approval for window openings and other exterior wall modifications required to provide for relief air as well as exit stair and elevator pressurization.

Working with Taylor Structural Engineer and CJL Engineering efficient core & shell plans were developed intended for full floor tenants. Air handlers were provided on each floor with a roof mounted chiller to eliminate the need for large vertical ductwork required for a 10 story building and to preserve the majority of the roof for a green roof garden with space for tenants to take advantage of the extraordinary views.

Currently the Penn Rose Building is being developed as loft apartments.