This has been an exciting year in Cleveland for Domokur Architects, having completed two high-profile projects. We have finished construction on the Victory Center and The Shoreway – both adaptive reuse projects that have transformed unused and run-down warehouse space into high-tech office/research space and luxury loft apartments, respectively.
In its previous life, the 170,000 SF four-story Victory Center operated as the Refrigeration Sales & Services Company’s office and warehouse space. After sitting empty for years, renovations began in 2012 and were completed earlier this year. Located along Cleveland’s Health-Tech Corridor, the building offers tenants a variety of office sizes (ranging from a few thousand square feet to an entire floor) and amenities such as fiber-optic internet hook-ups and conference rooms. As a Historic Tax Credit project, the renovation followed the strict criteria of the National Park Service and the Ohio State Historic Preservation Office. Additionally, it was awarded the 2014 Preservation Achievement Award for a Commercial Building from the Cleveland Restoration Society and AIA Cleveland.
The Shoreway was completed in September. Originally constructed in 1918 as the headquarters for the Global Machine & Stamping Company, the building has served as warehouse space for a local company since the late 1980s. The owners decided to transform the space, located adjacent to Battery Park and a short stroll from Edgewater Park, into luxury loft apartments. As the project secured Federal and State Historic Tax Credits, we successfully maintained the historic feel of the building through the inclusion of exposed high ceilings and brick into the interior design, as well as carefully reconstructing the windows to match standards put forth by the Historic Preservation Office. With each one- or two-bedroom apartment offering tenants a view of Lake Erie, the lofts were 100% leased upon completion.