J.P. Illes of LONCO Inc. considers this project as one of the highlights of his career. The complexity of challenges on this project far surpassed those of any other project on which he worked. The building had to be re-designed to accommodate the needs of new users. Additionally, the amount of space needed and the structural capacity presented challenges. One of the major requirements of the project was to continue operations during the construction. Illes worked side by side on this project with architect Eric Bartczak and other professionals to solve these problems. The existing cast in place concrete had to be tested with x-ray techniques and custom statistical testing methodology to determine the structural capacity in order to add an additional fourth floor to provide the necessary space. Buildings are not designed to carry two additional floors; therefore, micropiles were used to strengthen the foundation.
As a result of the expansion, the building now hosts a new theater for children’s productions, a state-of-the-art dance and movement studio, a design studio, a TV and film studio, rehearsal space, and educational resources.
|Exterior of Tramway building. Provided by LONCO Inc.||Interior of a theater. Provided by LONCO Inc.|
|Interior of Tramway building.
Provided by LONCO Inc.