Saving money on energy wasn’t the only reason CSHQA undertook a $2 million overhaul of an old Downtown warehouse.
There’s a marketing angle as well. The company’s new headquarters at 200 W. Broad St. serves as a sort of showroom for clients.
“The building is showing all kinds of different things that can go into a building,” Business Development Manager K.K. Lipsey says.
The renovation project was a wholesale transformation of the once-abandoned warehouse, which was built in the late 1950s. A bright, open work space with cheery colors and advanced-looking fixtures replaced bare block and brick walls. During the daytime, natural light pours in through large windows and a series of skylights.
Even the ceiling looks different than it did the past few decades. Crews pulled thousands of square feet of insulation out of it, exposing original joists and boards.
As new partners joined the firm, its name changed to reflect their participation. In 1979, it became Cline Smull Hamill Quintieri Associates. Six years later, the name was shortened to CSHQA. Besides architectural services, the company provides planning and engineering.
On Aug. 1, CSHQA completed its move into the new-old building from the company’s former headquarters in the C.W. Moore Plaza, 250 S. 5th St.
The most impressive innovation at CSHQA’s new home might be its main heating and cooling system. It has no gas or electrical heat and no air conditioning.
Instead, dozens of 5/8-inch tubes run across the length and width of the floor, covered by about 2 inches of concrete. When the system needs heat to maintain room temperature, it pushes a liquid that has absorbed geothermal energy through the tubes. The energy radiates upward through the concrete and heats the building.