The LeVeque Tower was the entire skyline feature of downtown Columbus from construction completion in 1927 until the 1960s. It is still one of the most recognized symbols of our City. Constructed as a hotel annex and office building, it morphed into Class B office space and was later left to deteriorate by a series of out-of-town owners. Now, the LeVeque has undergone a seven year transformation into a boutique hotel, apartments, condominiums, a restaurant and bar, offices and a coffee shop. This program explores the history and significance of the building, describes some of the design and technical challenges of renovating an occupied building, addresses building envelope challenges, and touches on the financial incentives necessary for a project like this.
Tuesday, January 22, 2017
5 p.m. | Reception
6 p.m. | Lecture
Free | AIA Members, Affiliates, and Students
$20 | Non-Member Guests
Speakers: Bob Loversidge, FAIA and Sam Rosenthal, AIA
Bob is President and CEO of Columbus architectural firm Schooley Caldwell. One of his key strengths lies in his ability to work with a client to quickly identify a vision for complex projects and lead the design team in implementing this vision. Most of Bob’s projects involve large, diverse client organizations, political savvy, difficult code compliance issues, intricate financing and scheduling considerations, and tight budgets. His work is characterized by thorough research and documentation, by successfully integrating modern technology, by carefully considering future operational needs, by continuously monitoring the project budget, and by respecting the philosophy of original architects. His understanding often allows bold and creative changes that extend the useful life of historic buildings for generations.
Sam has managed some of Schooley Caldwell’s most complex projects over the past several years. A good example is the LeVeque Tower renovation, a multi-phase, $55 million project, which required intense coordination as it involved several separate owners, four construction managers, numerous consultants, and collaboration with other architects and interior designers on the hotel and apartment portions. Additionally, because of the historic nature of the building, there were unexpected issues that arose that required prompt communication and development of quick solutions to keep the project progressing.