Business Incubator Adaptive Reuse - Hamden CT
Buchanan Architects, LLC
90 Crown Street, New Haven CT, 06510
Tel: (203) 787-4896 Fax: (203) 787-2660
Status: Under Construction
Background: The conversion of this 43,000 s.f elementary school, built in Hamden Connecticut in 1917, into an incubator facility providing both small to medium-sized spaces for start-up companies ranging from technology to light manufacturing. The building received historic certification which allowed the owner to apply for and receive tax credit funding. We were also successful in receiving several direct grants from the Connecticut DECD, Federal EDA, and other state agencies to cover the construction, remediation, and associated soft costs for the project.
The differing floor elevations between the classroom wing and the gymnasium wing presented design challenges resulting in a new, centrally located stair and elevator making all levels accessible from one location. The centrally located circulation also presented an ideal position for an entry lobby, conference room, and gathering space, all intended to bring the buildings diverse entrepreneurs together in an engaging and motivating space.