Barre City Place
Banwell Architects was hired by real estate development firm DEW Properties to help develop the Barre City Place lot for state employees who were displaced during Hurricane Irene in 2011. Banwell Architects designed a financially viable structure that would integrate seamlessly with the historic district and meet the requirements of the Barre Planning Commission.
Features of the new building include:
- Interior spaces use natural lighting and design to improve productivity and comfort
- Historic detailing, including brick and local granite, recreates historic façade elements of adjacent downtown buildings
- Collaboration with local gallery, Studio Place Arts, enlivens walkway to parking area
- Building, parking, and lighting improvements support local business by increasing foot traffic
Developing this fast track building with DEW Properties has given Banwell Architects important insight and background to sensitive infrastructure and permitting issues in Barre’s core downtown area. The workers enjoy greater comfort with improved lighting and office design and are safely located outside of the flood zone.