business service

center 

LOCATION

Lewiston, ME

SIZE

20,000 SF

 

CLIENT

Androscoggin Chamber of Commerce & Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council

SERVICES

Architecture / Engineering

Construction Management

Recognized in 2007 with a Maine Preservation Honor Award, this adaptive reuse of the historic former Maine Supply Company Building into the new homes of the Androscoggin Chamber of Commerce and the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council was a key component of the City of Lewiston’s Southern Gateway revitalization, a planning effort by the City of Lewiston.  Built in 1911 and later becoming the earliest known automobile garage in Maine, the building had been vacant for over a decade prior to redevelopment and had fallen to a dilapidated condition. Recognized with a Maine Preservation Honor Award, this adaptive reuse of the historic former Maine Supply Company Building into the new homes of the Androscoggin Chamber of Commerce and the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council was a key component of the City of Lewiston’s Southern Gateway revitalization.

Platz Associates performed both the architectural design and construction management for this Historic Tax Credit rehabilitation project, revitalizing an architectural gem in downtown Lewiston and contributing to Lewiston’s historic urban fabric. The design process was remarkably challenging as well as successful; assisted by only a single photo of the building’s exterior circa 1920, Platz Associates developed an intense exterior renovation program following the preferred rehabilitation protocols and the project review process of the Maine Historic Preservation Board, restoring the brick façade and intricate original wood trim detailing to its original splendor. The Business Service Center now stands as an important community resource with its collaborative arrangement of service providers in the area.

This project is a great example of the wide range of services Platz Associates is able to provide for our clients. Here, in addition to design, we coordinated the construction documents to satisfy the National Parks Service historic review requirements, and served as construction manager for the bid and construction phases, and developed the condominium drawings for the building. Tenant fit-out included 5,000 sq. ft. of offices and a community conference room for “The Chamber” and 5,000 sq. ft. of professional offices and 10,000 sq.ft. of future development space for the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council.