Pate Design Group, Inc.
4168 Abbotts Bridge Road, Duluth, GA 30097
Location: Lawrenceville, Georgia
Date Bid: Sep 2006
Construction Period: Oct 2006 to Jan 2008
Total Square Feet: 15,961 Site: .40 acre.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 6,316; second floor, 9,645; total,
15,961 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 9'4”; second floor, 10’1”; total,
Basic Construction Type: Renovation/2A/Structural Steel, Wood.
Foundation: Reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior
Walls: CMU, brick. Roof: Asphalt shingles, metal. Floors:
Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
Structural Engineer: Bennett & Pless, Inc. - 3395 Northeast
Expressway, Atlanta, GA 30341
General Contractor: Schoppman Company, Inc. - 1640 Powers Ferry
Road, Building 7, #200, Marietta, GA 30067
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: GTP Consulting Engineers - 2400
Pleasant Hill Road, #310, Duluth, GA 30096
Landscape Architect: Chattahoochee Home & Garden - 1101 Via
Bayless, Marietta, GA 30066
This historic landmark located in the heart of Lawrenceville, Georgia
has been a vital part of the city for over a century. It served as a
horse and mule trade center for the county and was known as “Honest
Alley”. Later, it became a garage, a car dealership, a hardware store, a
taxi office and a barber shop among other general retail establishments.
These previous businesses brought people together for the purpose of
trade and camaraderie. Honest Alley, LLC wanted to continue this
tradition by creating spaces that would attract people to the historic
square. Pate Design Group, Inc. was chosen to coordinate the design for
the renovation of this 16,000-square-foot building to house retail and
commercial businesses. Among the goals of the renovation was to protect
the structure, further enhance the activity and commerce-themed projects
that have served to revitalize the city. Rather than to demolish the
existing building, local investment partners Randy and Cindy Sutt were
interested in a sustainable project to restore and enhance the site’s
The original building was constructed of stone and wood timbers, as well
as a wood slat floor. Years of roof leaks and water damage led this
portion of the building to be refurbished by demolition of the existing
roof and floor system. The roof was removed and replaced with new wood
trusses, roof sheathing and a combination of metal standing seam roof
material and shingles, which were placed on the side to tie the building
into the neighboring building on the square. The wood floor had suffered
irreparable damage and was removed. Concrete was poured in to replace
it. Stone with grapevine mortar joints were kept intact, which made up
the original building’s facade that faces the nearby historic courthouse
and was divided into two separate tenant spaces.
A two story CMU second addition to the building was added in the 1950’s.
This portion was open throughout and had a concrete floor and wood
trusses with a shingled roof. The intent of the project was to shore up
the existing structure with steel reinforcement and create a poured
concrete floor that separated the later addition into two floors. This
would allow for retail space above and future restaurant space below.
The concrete floor was cut to allow for new foundation footers to be
poured. Steel columns were erected on these new footers to support a
steel beam in the center. Bar joists that support the decking for the
second floor is supported by this beam and mechanically attached steel
angles through the existing CMU walls. A balcony and poured ramp were
added to provide access to the second floor retail and commercial
portion of the building.
An elaborate garden in the courtyard of the building is the centerpiece
of the site. This garden was designed to use indigenous plants that
would naturally attract butterflies to create a place where patrons and
visitors to the town square could relax and enjoy the scenery. The
garden serves as an invitation to visit Honest Alley and experience life
as it has been for the past century.
DIV. 8: Entrances & Storefronts, Windows: Vistawall.
DIV. 9: Flooring: Dal-Tile.
DIV. 26: Lighting: Daybrite.