Location: Downtown Reno, Nevada
KEY GREEN FEATURES: Reuse of existing structure; downtown location within walking distance to services and entertainment; whole-building design approach; solar panels for hot water; operable windows in each unit; modular exterior skin system for efficiency in material; open floor plans for maximum flexibility; plumbing cores stacked for efficiency; interior materials will consist of recycled carpet, stained concrete, bamboo flooring and tile
The conversion to condominiums included the demolition of all exterior walls and windows, interior partitions and systems – with the remaining concrete columns and floor slabs to be re-used. Eight floors were to be added to the existing seven-story building. The project called for 135 modern condominium units with resident amenities including a lobby with security and valet desk, gym with locker rooms, billiards and a bar, wine lockers, a hip lounge and outdoor pool with an expansive common deck overlooking the city. Simple use of materials and wall planes defined unit partitions, which left the creativity up to the owner. Six two-story penthouse units had incredible views of the mountains, desert, and downtown skyline. The sizes of all units ranged from one bedroom units to two-plus bedrooms, all unique because of the unit designs and locations.
Other amenities: each unit was designed with a private balcony or deck; many of the units had an urban open loft design; full service valet parking for the 142 cars of the residents; and a retail tenant on the ground floor.
Working with an existing structural frame presented challenges to the design and design capacity of certain systems. The central downtown location is a challenge as well as a wonderful opportunity to bring vitality along the streets of the city.
The foundations and bearing capacity of the existing structure were to be supplemented with additional footings and two large trusses that climb the height of the building on both the north and south sides. The trusses would act as seismic stabilization and also help relieve some of the load from the new floors above the existing floors.