The Lofts at Main & Temple
Bartlett Brainard Eacott, Inc.
70 Griffin Road South, Bloomfield, CT 06002
Roth and Moore Architects
65 Audubon Street, New Haven, CT 06510
Date Bid: Apr 2005 Construction Period: May 2005 to Sep
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.
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.
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
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.