Arvida Park of Commerce : Boca Raton, Florida - (1998)
This project involved the complete renovation, both interior and exterior, of an existing 105,000 square foot building to house the company’s corporate functions.

Project Scope:
Interior/Exterior renovation of existing 105,000 square foot office/manufacturing facility into corporate headquarters for Purity Wholesale Grocers (Jeff Levitetz, founder and CEO).

Investigation:
First step in the process involved examination of the site and building for viability of the project. Anderson Architecture and its team of consultants performed a complete Due-Diligence Study, effectively examining all elements of the existing facility, including:


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  First step in the process involved examination of the site and building for viability of the project. Anderson Architecture and its team of consultants performed a complete Due-Diligence Study, effectively examining all elements of the existing facility, including:
  • Zoning studies, including evaluation of the site for adding the parking necessary for such a conversion on both a zoning and practical basis.
  • Verification of existing building code classifications and the ramifications of bringing the building ‘up to code’.
  • Structural evaluations of the visible elements, looking not only for problems, but defining load capacities with an eye towards future installations.
  • Electrical evaluations, defining not only the existing service from both a size but condition standpoint, but with also generating an anticipated load for the proposed use.
  • Mechanical evaluations, resulting in a determination of the existing equipment’s ability to satisfy the proposed loads for the new uses.
  • Envelope examination, including a thorough study of the roofing system, with recommendations to meet the new codes for uplift design.
  • Paving & Drainage evaluation, including not only maintenance issues but identifying the items that may be impacted by the proposed redevelopment.
This study clearly identified the items of impact and their relative costs, resulting in a clear scope of work and very limited budget surprises as the project took shape.

  Design:
With the Due-Diligence Study as a source, a design to utilize the existing structure of the building as a base, yet completely changing the character of the building to reflect its new use, was developed. Working closely with the General Contractor, cost-effective means to achieve the desired effects were developed, both inside and out. With Purity occupying 75% of the space, the balance of the building had to be planned for maximum leasability.

The resultant design not only stayed within the budget parameters, but also garnered design recognition within the community. The South Florida chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP) awarded the project its “Renovation of the Year” in 1999.

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