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  The Lofts at Main & TempleThe Lofts at Main & Temple

Construction Manager

Bartlett Brainard Eacott, Inc.
70 Griffin Road South, Bloomfield, CT 06002


Roth and Moore Architects
65 Audubon Street, New Haven, CT 06510


General Description

Location: Hartford, Connecticut
Date Bid: Apr 2005 Construction Period: May 2005 to Sep 2007

Total Square Feet:
208,056 Site: 1.47 acres.
Number of Buildings: Two.
Building Size: Basement, 15,656, first floor, 82,808; second floor, 15,656; 6 floors @ 15,656; total, 208,056 square feet.
Building Height: Subterranean: 9'9"; basement, 11'; first floor, 18'6"; second floor, 15'8"; each additional floor, 11'4"; floor to floor, 11'4"; penthouse, 13'9"; total height above grade, 108'2"; total height overall, 135'1".
Basic Construction Type: Mixed-Use/Redevelopment/Structural Steel/Wood. Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtainwall. Roof: Membrane.
Floors: Concrete, wood, precast. Interior Walls: CMU, wood stud drywall, metal stud drywall.

Parking Garage
Total Square Feet: 117,797 
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: Garage, 117,797; total, 117,797 square feet.
Building Height: Garage, 9’9”; subterranean, 9’9”.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Filigree. Roof: Concrete. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU.

Construction Team

Structural, Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: BVH Integrated Services - 50 Griffin Road South, Bloomfield, CT 06002
Interior Designer: Kristen Floyd Interior Design - 1429 Park Street, #100 M-2, Hartford, CT 06106
Parking Garage Structural Engineer: Desman Associates
175 Capital Boulevard, Corporate Ridge Office Park, #203, Rocky Hill, CT 06067

The Lofts at Main & Temple is a mixed-use redevelopment project that includes a parking structure, townhouses, high-rise apartments and street level retail/dining spaces. This redevelopment of nearly a half city-block coincided with the City of Hartford reconstruction and opening of Temple Street. Temple Street is a small connecting street between two major city arteries and had been closed for over twenty years stifling flow through the city and adding to congestion.

After several years of planning and negotiations with the City, the Temple Street Project began with the demolition of a false facade that had for years covered the lower floors of the original highly detailed and decorative Sage-Allen Building and removal of a dated pedestrian passage structure known as the "Mixmaster". Built in 1898 Sage-Allen was once a thriving department store in downtown Hartford until much of the retail moved out to regional shopping malls. Though virtually all of the interior finishes had been destroyed by its abandonment and years of water damage, the basic structure and exterior ornamental finishes were able to be restored. Portions of adjacent structures and other buildings on the site were completely demolished to make way for the parking garage and additions to the Sage-Allen Building.

A 300-car below grade parking structure was built using a precast filigree system. The parking structure supports the structural deck for the townhouses built on the east side of the site. The townhouses can accommodate 168 students and business interns associated with the University of Hartford, Trinity College and local corporations.

On either side of the original Sage-Allen building, two eight-story "bookends" were erected to combine with the original structure in providing 78 market rate apartments. At street level there are retail spaces including a branch bank and restaurant.

The varied uses, historic building, multiple code requirements, geotechnical issues along with zero-setback conditions offered several challenges for the design and construction team. For instance, in order to maximize the parking capacity but minimize the depth of the excavation into bedrock, the team selected the filigree/cast-in-place system to keep the floor-to-floor height as low as possible. The heating and cooling systems for the apartments incorporated a valance system combined with an outdoor make-up unit with a heat recovery wheel while the townhouses are served by packaged rooftop units. In both cases the systems provide for energy efficiency while preserving the interior for living space instead of mechanical closets and chases. The parking garage has its own stand alone VAV system providing a once through air supply to maintain safe air quality.

Some of the original Sage-Allen Building features like ornamental columns and handrails were restored and brought up to current code requirements. But even simple things like these presented challenges for the team. The columns chosen for restoration needed to be fire protected so a 70 mil intumescent paint system was selected. The handrails while attractive needed to have their height modified and the actual rails modified to meet code...after the lead paint was abated.

As construction progressed several stages of environmental clean-up were undertaken to remove mold, asbestos, contaminated soils and lead paint. All the work was done in a manner to protect workers and the public from exposure. Fortunately the team recognized the potential for environmental issues and had commissioned a thorough site study enabling them to build these activities into the project's master schedule.

The project has successfully added apartments, parking and retail space to downtown Hartford and preserved an important piece of nineteenth century architecture. It has improved the streetscape and restored vitality to this historic part of Hartford. 


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