HOLT Architects’ recent purchase of the property at 619 West State Street comes with revitalization plans and a move-in date of March 2016.
HOLT Principals Graham Gillespie, Steve Hugo, Paul Levesque, Quay Thompson and Cindy Kaufman looked through dozens of office buildings to find the next place for HOLT to call home. While Ithaca is full of great choices, the team was focused on Ithaca’s West End.
“This is a very important decision for us. With 30 employees, wherever we go we hope to have a positive impact. There is great excitement and revitalization going on in the West End of Downtown – Lehigh Valley House Condominiums, GreenStar and Purity Expansions, the Finger Lakes Beverage Center Renovation, and the State Street Corridor – and we want to contribute to that” says HOLT Architects President Graham Gillespie.
It was not only the revitalization that intrigued HOLT, the West End had all of the critical factors that the group was seeking: walkable to local businesses and restaurants, a central location with access to public transportation and major roadways, nearby parks and waterfront, and a well-built structure that could benefit from HOLT’s architectural expertise.
“Ithaca is a hotbed for great architecture, and we are looking forward to transforming the 619 property and reinforcing the aesthetic and environmental caliber of buildings being designed in our community today. Our design aims to provide our employees with a modern, Class-A, Net-Zero building that is a model for sustainable development – not only on the West Side, but throughout the region” states HOLT Design Director and Vice-President Steve Hugo.
The 619 West State Street site originally housed Cramer’s Auto Parts – and two HOLT veterans David Taube and Tom Hoard both remember purchasing parts for their cars at Cramer’s. Since that time the building has been reconstructed and has housed tenants such as Renovus Energy and Coldwell Banker-Shaw Real Estate. HOLT’s project will renovate the aged commercial property into a high-performing, sustainable building with new mechanical systems, roof-top solar panels, and a Net-Zero target. HOLT is expecting to begin renovations in late August.