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Commonwealth Architects wins award for Most Innovative Project

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The rehabilitation of the former Richbrau brew-pub in downtown Richmond into contemporary offices for RiverFront Investment Group won an award for the “2012 Most Innovative Project” by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Richmond.

Commonwealth Architects’ adaptive reuse project for RiverFront was recognized for its resourcefulness in use of land, materials, and energy and for excellence in design and construction. The firm provided design services when RiverFront decided to relocate its corporate headquarters to1214 E. Cary St. in Shockoe Slip. 

The firm’s design repurposed the building, originally constructed in 1866, into a modern, collaborative, open work environment. The project stood out for successfully integrating contemporary office functions within the framework of a 19th century warehouse building. The renovation took about a year to complete.

The Urban Land Institute Richmond held its Vision Awards reception on Nov. 28.


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