Planning and Architecture
Once the goals of the preservation process have been defined, and the ultimate functions and purposes of the building have been determined, the complex planning stage begins. Shemer’s experience and expertise will support you in this critical period, guide you in selecting the best approach for this project and the right team of professional partners to ensure its crowning success.
There are various approaches to building restoration today. The traditional approach is to reverse decay, preserve and restore the building using construction materials and building methods like those originally used to build the structure. A more modern approach is to accurately replicate historic materials and techniques and even restore full functionality using modern technology and materials.
Shemer’s architectural planning adheres to the highest standards of historic restoration regulations and demands, ensuring, among other requirements:
- Use of space in accordance with local historic restoration policies and directives.
- Full use and functionality according to modern building codes and standards, such as disability access, and upgraded mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.
- Creative planning that reflects sensitivity and appreciation of the historic fabric and features of the building and serves the new vision.
- Effective engineering solutions to streamline the reinforcement, rehabilitation and restoration processes.
- Planning and implementation supported by new technologies, such as structural analysis; reinforcements; and injection of special materials.
- Preparation of plans for the building that address its new functions.
- Obtaining building permits.
”An old building is like a show. You smell the soul of a building. And the building tells you how to redo it.”