Completed (2010)

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Richmond, VA
A snippet of a map to Dovetail

Project Info

The design concept for this office was a building within a building. Formerly an electric railway car barn built in 1907, the new office is both new construction and an adaptive reuse project. It was designed and built to accommodate sustainable practices and the guidelines for historic renovation.

In the course of the project, the historic shell was added to the National Register of Historic places and rehabbed to accommodate State and Federal tax credits. New exterior skin to match the original profile was added to maintain the fabric of the neighborhood and act as a weather barrier for the commercial office inside.

Sustainable building processes, materials, and finishes were used throughout. Currently, the project is owner-occupied, achieving a net-zero energy use and pursuing LEED Platinum certification.

News & Awards

LEED Platinum Certification

Inform Magazine 2011 Honor Award

Slipek, Edwin. "Dreaming in Ruins". Style Weekly. February 2019. "25 must-see buildings in Virginia". USA Today. February 2017. Dovetail Construction website
Photo Credits: Lee Brauer & WPA Staff