Avondale Estates Town Green Park & Commercial Center

Avondale Estate’s downtown reflects its endearing 1920s Tudor Village and a mixture of commercial and residential development. In 2017, 3,500 residents held a ‘Call for Ideas’ on developing four underutilized city-owned acres, creating a heart for the downtown area and a catalyst for economic growth. SSOE provided a concept plan for a destination park with adjacent commercial development. Two two-story mixed-use buildings overlook a two-acre park designed with active and passive uses for city events, festivals, and concerts. At the site’s highest elevation, a grand terrace has outdoor dining and prime seating for events, with a sweeping view of the park. An existing road bisecting the site becomes a pedestrian-only path that, along with new pathways, increases pedestrian and district connectivity.

SSOE provided architecture and engineering services for the park portion of the project as part of the developer-led team selected by the city. After a robust public involvement process, the team-established critical goals for the project – a flexible central gathering space with an identity that is unique. SSOE coordinated the work of all disciplines: landscape architecture, civil, lighting design, structural, and electrical engineering.

SSOE designed the Performance Pavilion, which has a stage fronting the Performance Green, covered seating facing a playground, and a decorative brick enclosure screening existing utility duct banks that are too expensive to relocate. In addition, SSOE designed the Market Pavilion, an open-air structure for events, food trucks, and farmer’s markets. Both buildings feature glulam arches that nod toward the Tudor architecture. Brick details match the Arts and Crafts style found throughout Avondale. Curved roofs and walls of the Performance Pavilion are in harmony with the winding site design.

Ebeid Institute for Population Health

SSOE’s client ProMedica, a prominent hospital and healthcare system serving communities in 28 states, was interested in providing services to an underserved area of Toledo, Ohio, where the client’s headquarters resides. The building selected had been vacant for years, sitting on a corner just outside the Central Business District in a re-emerging urban neighborhood. Our client wanted to address the social determinants of health, with a focus on hunger and nutrition, and increase access to healthy food, delivering nutritional education, and providing job training opportunities.

The renovation of all four floors was completed in three phases. Although it would have been ideal to work on all four floors concurrently, the budget constraints on this donation-funded project, in addition to the fact each floor had its own separate and unique systems, required our team to exercise their agility by renovating one floor at a time. First came the Market on the Green—a 6,700 SF nonprofit grocery store that offers nutritional options for people in the neighborhood, formerly deemed a “food desert.” Located on the ground floor, the full-service grocery store also offers nutrition education for customers in an area that previously lacked accessibility to whole food providers. The second floor now offers financial services, training rooms, as well as a space for healthy cooking classes—complete with a commercial kitchen. The third floor is currently leased out to a tenant who hired 60 individuals from the neighborhood and has committed to creating more Toledo-based jobs in the future. The fourth and final floor is currently being utilized by ProMedica’s Population Health program.

The fourth floor is the capstone of the building and the Ebeid Institute initiative. The open workspace immediately welcomes visitors upon entering, offering a view from the top and a different perspective of their neighborhood. The three enclosing walls are perforated with multiple window openings, with an unadorned solid brick wall as the backdrop for mechanical room and multiple gathering spaces of varying size for clients to privately meet with their service providers. Along this row of meeting spaces is a dedicated nerve center intended to evolve into a data-gathering / data-sharing hub within a technology-rich environment. Here researchers and guests can obtain the latest information on Population Health and the social determinants. The glass-fronted room serves as a symbol of ProMedica’s vision to provide a gateway to a healthy community.

SSOE was involved in the renovation of all four floors, providing full architectural and engineering design services, including interior design, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection design, and data / fire / security services. Redeveloping a space that would bring multiple agencies together is not an easy feat. An adaptable, flexible design was needed to meet the conditions, the building reflected an open plan arrangement with larger spaces, which was also key for keeping visitors emotionally and physically engaged. Existing architecture was maintained on the 1925’s stone and brick building, with existing joists and beams exposed and many of the walls left uncovered to preserve the original aesthetic. Our knowledge of complex security design allowed us to make the building welcoming for visitors, yet secure for tenants.

Today, the ProMedica Ebeid Institute is a safe place for people to connect with neighbors and service providers—a place just for them. It also provides a much needed grocery store for the area. It brought social services to uptown and set the stage for other organizations to follow suit. This area now provides more social services than any other district in the area.


Market City Center

New Downtown Housing Development

The goal of 728 Market St. was to provide a new workforce housing development in Chattanooga, revitalizing the downtown area. Challenges of the downtown site include managing space constraints, addressing wind loads, providing light / views, and offering a product the market would positively respond to.

Mix Of Units

This project includes 125 residential units, of which there is a 85%-15% mix of one bedrooms to two bedrooms. The units feature sliding glass doors, operable windows, LVT plank flooring, and modern kitchens with granite tops and a stainless appliance package.

Shared Elements

Residents also share an amenity space with a workout room and roof deck for entertaining. Below the seven residential levels, there are 65 parking spaces for the residents, a level of loft office space, and retail / restaurant tenants at the street level. The project is certified “LEED for Homes.”

The Charleston Cigar Factory

Historic Rehabilitation

The project is a historic rehabilitation of the Charleston Cigar Factory, a Victorian industrial building built circa 1882 as the Charleston Cotton Mills. In 1903, the plant was leased to the American Cigar Company which operated the factory until 1973.

Mixed-Use Redevelopment

The scope of the project was to rehabilitate the existing 230,000 SF building into a mixed-use development including 50,000 SF of retail restaurant and event spaces, and 180,000 SF of authentic loft office space.

Restoring Appearance

Preservation and rehabilitation efforts focus on restoring the look of the building to its historic appearance while adapting the interior to contemporary usage. This includes the demolition of several large modern additions, removal of brick-infilled windows and inappropriate glazing, restoration of original windows surrounds, and new energy-conserving operable windows that replicate historic construction. At ground level, a retail promenade will invite public interaction with this revitalized Charleston icon.

Flats at Ponce City Market

Adaptive Reuse

SSOE is serving as the lead architect on the residential portion of the historic renovation and adaptive reuse of the Sears, Roebuck & Company building, located on Ponce de Leon in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood.

Urban Centerpiece

As the largest adaptive reuse project in Atlanta’s history, Ponce City Market will restore 2.1 million square feet of space, creating a vibrant urban centerpiece that combines 300,000 square feet of retail and restaurants, 450,000 square feet office space, and 259 residential units.

Numerous Residential Options

The residential units are a mix of studio, one, two, and three bedroom units with the option of a single or multi-level loft. The entire projects cost is more than $200,000,000.

The project achieved LEED Silver accreditation and “LEED for Homes” certification.


Pittsburgh Yards

The Annie E. Casey Foundation selected SSOE as the architect for the Nia Building given the adaptive reuse elements and sustainable focus for the project. Columbia Core Partners (a partnership between Core Venture Studio and Columbia Ventures) facilitated ongoing community engagement and project management. Through years of monthly neighborhood meetings and hard-hat tours, garnering resident feedback, and conducting market research, the transformation of Pittsburgh Yards is a catalytic development that encourages economic and entrepreneurial growth for the neighborhoods of NPU-V.

Downtown Atlanta’s New Opportunity Zone

Pittsburgh Yards bookends the southern edge of the Pittsburgh neighborhood and aims to create opportunities for an equitable distribution of income, career development, and entrepreneurship for residents in the surrounding NPU-V neighborhoods. What will ultimately be a 30-acre development at 352 University Avenue, Pittsburgh Yards serves as a transitional conduit between the neighborhood streets and the interconnected activity of the Atlanta BeltLine’s commercial and recreational traffic.

The Nia Building, A Small Business Hub

Land that once served as agricultural fields after the Civil War, then evolved into an industrial-focused shipping facility as the railways and roadways expanded, is now seeing a new way in which to serve the surrounding communities. Pittsburgh Yards transformed an expansive sea of asphalt and remnant structures into a vibrant infill development. Newly completed Phase I includes the Nia Building—a hub for over 100 small businesses and makers—along with a shipping container courtyard, five pad sites for future buildings, and a large community green space all within 15-acres of tree-lined streets and parking. The project is targeting LEED Silver certification through using local materials, water conservation, energy efficiency, and a vast solar array on the high roof.

Preserving The Structure’s Original Bones

Occupying the footprint of what was originally an old trucking facility, the Nia Building was nothing more than rusty steel columns and trusses on an elevated slab with a few brick-ruin additions attached, fondly nicknamed the “Whale Skelton Building.” New construction sought to preserve the “bones” by framing a high roof above the existing structure, leaving the patinaed trusses on display. Exterior walls follow the footprint of the existing slab, playing with the elevation changes throughout, and old tracks that once pulled carts from bay to bay in the past shipping days were preserved. Collectively, three different wings comprise 101 individual tenant spaces of varied size, called “maker modules,” along with two conference rooms, two shared shop areas, a breakroom, privacy rooms, and a central amphitheater and breakout / touchdown space. Additions outside of the original footprint include a food studio and market / café space. The north addition includes the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Office with five affordable-rate apartment units on the second level, and the entire roof area serves as a deck for events and tenant gatherings with sweeping views of the full 30-acre site and Pittsburgh neighborhood.

“This Isn’t Just Development That’s Happening In Isolation Of The Community—It’s Truly The Vision Of The Community.” – Joyce Shepherd, Atlanta City Councilwoman, District 12

Castleberry Point

Residential Space In Castleberry Hill Historic District

This project brings prime residential space to a 2.2 acre parcel in Atlanta’s Castleberry Hill Historic District. The project includes 112, one and two bedroom residential condominium units.

Retail & Live/Work Spaces

Street Level commercial retail and live / work spaces front the entire ground level. The project also includes a 291-car, four-level precast parking garage.

Residential Amenities

The roof of the parking garage serves as the residential amenity level with a pool, clubroom / fitness facility, and active courtyard.

First New Construction

Castleberry Point was the first new construction project to be reviewed and approved under the Castleberry Hill Historic District zoning regulations and review process.

335 West Ponce

Thoughtfully Planned Amenities

Thoughtfully planned amenities evoke a sense of community for residents. These spaces include a pool area defined by a deep trellis visible from the street below and retail shops facing West Ponce de Leon Avenue.

Vibrant Urban Experience

Planters, trees, benches, lighting and on-street parking contribute to the vibrant urban sidewalk experience found throughout downtown Decatur.

Glenwood Park

Three Major Town Center Buildings

SSOE designed three major Town Center buildings on a 27-acre site located on an in-town residential community in east Atlanta. More than 28,000 square feet of boutique retail space lines beautifully landscaped streets in the Glenwood Park District.

Condominium Residential Units

The three-story buildings include 38 condominium residential units ranging in size from 750 to 1,200 square feet.

Mercantile Building Design Theme

Town Center at Glenwood Park is a five building complex that blends the American mercantile building design theme prevalent in main streets of turn-of-the-century small towns.

Ponce Springs Condominiums

Four Levels Of Condominiums

SSOE designed this 118-unit, condominium project which fronts Glen Iris Drive across the street from Ponce City Market. The complex consists of four levels of condominium units above one level of retail space.

Interior Courtyard

A generous interior landscaped courtyard is also included. A four-level, 250 space parking deck is connected to the building.

Retail Space

All residential levels are connected directly to matching parking garage levels. Retail space along Glen Iris Drive contains a mezzanine level.

Signature Element

Street level live/work units also face the open courtyard which has a signature water element.­

Centennial Park West

Urban Condominium Development

In association with May and Pinska, SSOE provided design services for this urban condominium development at Centennial Olympic Park.

Mix Of Living Environments

Following the Phase I Embassy Suites Hotel, this Phase II component of the 5- acre mixed-use development is a nine-story, 97-unit complex, with a mix of one, two, and three bedrooms units and several larger roof top penthouses.

Street Level Retail & Office Space

The lower floors contain street level retail and professional office space, as well as underground parking for 175 cars. The lobby area has a secured entry and includes a drive-under porte cochere connecting lower level parking to the adjacent hotel, swimming pool, and fitness center.

Icehouse Lofts

Ice Production And Distribution Plant Rehab

Our firm designed a new 99-unit loft apartment complex on 2.8 acres of land in downtown Decatur. Included in the project is the rehabilitation of an existing 12,000 square foot Ice Production and Distribution Plant, built circa 1923. The two new buildings respond to the industrial nature of the neighborhood and the existing historic Ice House.

Mixed-Use Elements

The larger building contains two levels of parking below grade and a five-level apartment complex above the parking area. The rehabilitation of the existing Ice House incorporates a restaurant tenant at the street level. Both buildings include concrete frame construction with precast and brick exterior finishes.