Alliance for the Visual Arts (AVA)

In 2003, the Board of Trustees for the Alliance for the Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery & Art Center purchased a historic (1880) clothing factory in downtown Lebanon. They hired Banwell Architects to renovate and add onto the building to prepare it for use as an art gallery.

Features of the new facility include:

  • Ramps and elevator for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility
  • Recycling of 90% of construction waste to save money and resources
  • Partial vegetated (green) roof and landscaping for natural shading and cooling
  • Completely upgraded building envelope for greater efficiency
  • Extensive natural lighting for passive solar and interior illumination
  • Revelation and restoration of original detail to maintain historic integrity

During demolition, an old house structure was uncovered and incorporated into the design. Banwell Architects used the house idea to remodel and enliven the children’s art classroom. The new building provides area artists unique, historic, and friendly space, including reception/gallery spaces, offices, teaching studios, sculpture studio, and rental studios.

Location: Lebanon, NH
Size: 3,248 sf New; 36,000 sf Renovation
Project Cost: $4,350,000
Completion: 2007
Awards: 2008 Awarded LEED™ Gold ; Registered with the US Green Building Council Environmental Program

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