Corporate Renovation 225 Grandview Drive

The re-imagined workspace set across six stories, transforms a former 1980’s Hewlett Packard building into a dynamic tenant corporate building featuring Best-in-Class-A Contemporary office spaces.

May 4, 2020

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Select Capital Commercial Properties, Inc., Camp Hill, PA

The re-imagined workspace set across six stories, transforms a former 1980’s Hewlett Packard building into a dynamic tenant corporate building featuring Best-in-Class-A Contemporary office spaces. This renovation project required an accelerated schedule to meet the owners Proforma. The overall goal was to cost effectively improve the building’s appearance, provide a high-performance building envelope, and achieve a modern facade to attract new tenants.

The buildings entire façade and its interiors were stripping off to its frame. New pre-fabricated insulated metal wall panels replaced the former 1980’s glazed aluminum curtain wall system. The subtle pattern of the façade’s vertical openings creates an elegant rhythm that breaks down the scale of the five-story building.

To meet the developers accelerated schedule, a panelized system was utilized in which the new cladding was made in a nearby controlled environment with strict quality assurance. The installation team literally could follow on the heels of the demolition crew as they dismantled the existing building down to its structural framing. Spray foam was applied, followed by a universal barrier wall solution which was covered by aluminum composite material (ACM) panels.

Special considerations were taken to select the proper curtainwall, glazing and high-performance shading systems in regard to solar heat gain, R- and U-value, bird protection, transparency and maximizing daylighting to each floor while maintaining the current net-rentable floor area that would visually entice large regional tenants. The final design provides 63 percent glass area on the exterior. Insulated high-performance tinted fritted glass reduces solar gain and transforms the structure into an illuminated eye-catching beacon.

The building’s entrance, and lobbies were also replaced, and the secondary building entrance was re-designed. The new custom fabricated steel canopy provides a visual clue of the main entrance while reinforcing the base of the building and the thin horizontal sunshades. The slender canopy also serves as a hinge between the horizontal glass entrance and juxtaposes the verticality of the glass corner of the symmetrical façade.

Finally, a Synthetic turf was installed on top of the roof membrane on the 3-story part of the building. It allows tenants above the roof to look out over a “green” roof. It also eliminates the heat-island effect that would be adjacent to the façade. The turf will also extend the life of the membrane roofing by maybe 25 to 30 percent because the EPDM roofing is not being deteriorated from UV.

 

Photography by Robert J. Polett and Mike Mihalo

AWARDS

  • 2022 – Excellence in Design Citation Award, AIA Central Pennsylvania.
  • 2020 – First Place Exterior Design, Retrofit Magazine’s Metamorphosis Awards.
  • 2019 – Best Architecture, The Mid-Atlantic Real Estate Journal, published in New Jersey – Pennsylvania – Delaware – Maryland – Virginia.

“It’s hard to tell if this building is brand new or a renovation.  The pictures are the only way you’d know.  The use of modular panels and storefront in the facade creates a composition that would be very attractive to potential tenants.  The use of solar glass and sunshades allows for maximum daylight into the building.  This allows for the view from the inside to be as good as the view from the outside.  So, hurry up, as this building is going to lease up quickly!”

Pennsylvania AIA Jury Comments October 17, 2022


“The metamorphosis of the ’80’s building to what they ended up with is a true representation of what these awards are about.”

Scott Elofson Design Principal, HDR,  a Metamorphosis Awards Judge. December 17, 2020