One Park Place
This project consisted of the total renovation of a 20-story international-style building that had originally opened in 1963 and was designated a national landmark in 2002. This project transformed the building formerly known as both the “Landmark Building” and the “BMA Building” into what is now, “One Park Place,” an upscale residential complex. Renovation plans called for the tower to contain 104 residential units, ranging from 1,500 to 15,000 square feet in size.
Prior to choosing a general contractor, the owner of the building brought on the design-build team of Faith Technologies to provide the electrical and low voltage portions of this project. Once onboard, the general contractor and lead architect integrated seamlessly with the Faith Technologies team as they took on several challenges. Challenges the team overcame included complying with the Historical Society’s restrictions and the abatement of asbestos.
The lighting design for the project was priced by Faith Technologies and it exceeded the owner’s budget. The design build team of Faith Technologies was requested to value engineer the design without diminishing the original intent. This task was successfully completed and the new design was incorporated into the project saving over $100,000 on the lower level of the building alone. This savings was only one example of value engineering that was implemented by the team making the owner extremely satisfied with Faith Technologies.
The electrical portion of the project would provide several technical challenges. The building had an excellent existing electrical distribution system that was powered at the top as well as at the bottom with double redundant services. The new design could not use any of the existing high voltage or low voltage distribution because the voltage was incorrect for a residential application. Both the existing electrical systems and extensive low voltage systems were demolished and replaced with the latest technologies.