The greenest building is the one that already exists.” – Carl Elefante, 2018 AIA President.
Preservation of resources and energy is one of the tenants of modern engineering and is also part of the ethos of Hoss & Brown Engineers. When it came time to plan for our own build, we followed that passion and converted a 3,200 square foot building into 9,000 square feet, which includes an indoor/outdoor flex space, a large indoor open floor plan to welcome natural light, and an outdoor vegetable garden that our employees care for and enjoy.
Like all of our renovation projects, we took great care in designing our space to utilize existing materials and responsibly reuse what was available to us. In our case, we converted the First Korean Baptist Church. It was important to us to donate as much as we could to local churches, including the pews, pulpit and the large outdoor metal cross that adorned the side of the building.
The exterior brick façade and wooden roof structure were preserved, and an additional structure was placed on the east side with a fenestration that allows natural light on the north, east, and south sides of the building. On the inside, our new headquarters is equipped with variable speed fans, automated lighting controls, and mobile workstations for greater flexibility. Topped with a modern roof and a spacious outdoor area, we are proud to present the new Hoss & Brown Engineers headquarters. Designed by us and built to last.
Featured Image: Matthew Straub
Other Images: Elizabeth Love