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  Martin/Rogers/Associates Office Addition & RenovationsMartin/Rogers/Associates Office Addition & Renovations


Eyerman.Csala.Hapeman & Handman - Architects
69 Public Square, Ste. 1000, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

General Description

Location: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Date Bid: May 2007
Construction Period: July 2007 to Apr 2008
Total Square Feet: 4,000 Site: 1.01 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 4,000 (2,250 new; 1,750 renovation); total, 4,000 square feet. Building Height: First floor, 16’; total, 16’.
Basic Construction Type: Renovation. Foundation: CMU, reinforced slab on grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, fiber cement siding. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: E. D. Pons & Associates, Inc. - 70 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Martin/Rogers/Associates - 185 North Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
Landscape Architect: Architerra, PC - 205 North Main Street, Coopersburg, PA 18036

A regional consulting engineering firm, Martin/Rogers/Associates (M/R/A) was bursting at the seams in their current location. Their office building, originally designed as a bar and restaurant by this Architect in 1981, had been occupied by M/R/A since the late 1980's. M/R/A's program was two-fold: Renovate and update their Main Entry/Reception Area including a larger Client Conference Room and provide approximately 2,000 square feet additional space

The office building is located on a prominent corner on the edge of the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business District. In 1981, the building was originally designed for expansion to the southeast, with a "soft" wall of non-masonry construction on that elevation. The current parking lot, which had been sized to accommodate a bar and restaurant, was more than adequate for the present building and the proposed addition. Due to a change in the Wilkes-Barre Zoning Ordinance, a side yard (rear) setback variance was required in order to maintain the existing southwest side setback.

The proportions of the exterior massing of the original building determined both the "footprint" and the height of the new addition. In keeping with the open "loft-like" plan of the original Dining Room and Bar/Drafting room, the addition is one large space with a secondary Conference Room/Library inserted within the "Drafting" Room. This room is topped with a pre-engineered 8 x 8-foot skylight.

The exterior brick facade of the addition is composed of a similar dark red brick which was used as a triple accent stripe on the original building. The parapet height of the addition also continues the 2-foot "rise/mass" started in the original building's three volumes.

As part of the renovations, the original outdoor patio wall was partially removed, lowered and capped with Pennsylvania Black Slate to provide better exterior views. The former utilitarian hollow metal patio door was replaced with an Architect-Designed custom steel gate, painted black, with perforated stainless steel panels.

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