ARCHITECTURE

We are a full-service architecture studio focused on custom designs for new construction, renovation and adaptive reuse projects.

CHANGE of OCCUPANCY

We document existing buildings and submit “Chapter 34” Change Of Occupancy evaluations to state government agencies.

3-D VISUALIZATION

We offer digital 3-D rendering services to help you visualize your project with stunning accuracy.

A  R  C  H  I  T  E  C  T  U  R  E

RESIDENTIAL – COMMERCIAL – HISTORIC – SUSTAINABLE )

 

Our commitment…

 

Our work is defined by a dedication to high-quality client service and design excellence. 

While our greatest hope is that each of our projects will be regarded as unique creations that enrich the lives of the people they serve, we believe only one thing truly reflects the abilities of an architect:

 

a satisfied client.

C H A N G E    O F    O C C U P A N C Y 

( CHAPTER 34 EVALUATION )

What is Chapter 34? 

 

Historically local building officials had the last say on whether or not a building owner could change the use, or occupancy, of their building. The primary concern was, and still is, that the existing building may not be safe or structurally sound for the new use. To get approval, building owners were often forced to undertake costly renovations to bring their building up to the requirements of the code for new construction.  This process was not only costly, but often forced owners to abandon their projects. This method significantly discouraged the re-use of older structures.

Building officials recognized this problem and devised a solution. Chapter 34 of the International Building Code titled “Existing Buildings” contains code requirements related to the alterations of existing structures, including provisions for a change of occupancy.  Building’s are evaluated in two categories: Life Safety and Structural.

We document your building, evaluate its level of safety based on the proposed use, and work with you to develop a strategy to minimize required building alterations. The solution developed will be designed to meet all current building code requirements, achieve all required state and local design approvals, and ensure a safe environment for your building users.

Sustainability

 

…How “green” to go?

 

In years past it was typical for an owner to determine if a project would be “sustainable” – or not.  Today’s world demands that all projects incorporate sustainability to some extent.  Each project has its own unique site conditions and programmatic requirements that create opportunities to incorporate sustainable methods and materials on a project-specific basis.

Whether a project is designed to achieve LEED certification or simply aims to maximize natural lighting to reduce energy costs, one should always favor low-tech, passive strategies over high-tech building systems and materials when possible.  Often the best techniques for these passive strategies can be found in vernacular buildings, including agricultural structures, which are frequently considered to be primitive.

3 – D     V I S U A L I Z A T I O N

DIGITAL RENDERING SERVICES )

We serve a broad range of clients including developers, business owners and design professionals to render your building project with stunning realism. Whether you need high quality marketing images to promote your vision or simply want to explore changes to your building’s material & color palette, let us help you visualize it.

Many of our clients seeking 3-D visualization services are building owners considering renovations, but whose inability to visualize potential alterations make them hesitant to proceed with their building project. We work with you to develop a conceptual design and produce high-resolution renderings of your vision for use in design reviews, marketing, cost estimating and more.

T H E   H O U S E

 

For 80 years, a highly unique 550 square foot residence stood relatively unnoticed in the conservative river city of Evansville, Indiana. Designed and built by 22-year-old Wes Peters in 1934, its bold modern appearance featured many of the characteristics of what would soon become known as the “Usonian” style. Developed by noted architect Frank Lloyd Wright, this unique style featured flat roofs, wide cantilevered overhangs, clerestory windows and horizontal “sandwich-wall” construction.  Their modest size and prodigious use of local materials promised affordable, high-quality housing for an American public who were still struggling through the Great Depression.

The Peters-Margedant House pre-dates Wright’s first Usonian dwelling (Herbert Jacobs House, 1936-37) by nearly two years. It’s early construction date and bold architectural features speak to the home’s significance as a prototype for the Usonian dwelling concept. In 2014 a major effort, led by Indiana Landmarks, began to raise funds for the relocation and restoration of this experimental home to serve as an educational resource for students, architecture enthusiasts, and the general public.

T H E   A R C H I T E C T

Raised in Evansville, William Wesley “Wes” Peters (1912-1991) joined the Taliesin Fellowship, Frank Lloyd Wright’s newly formed school of architecture, in 1932 as the first apprentice. After a conflict arose regarding Peters’ confessed love of Wright’s daughter, Svetlana, Wes left the fellowship and returned to Evansville to practice architecture. Wes and Svetlana’s love continued and they were married in 1935, returning to the fellowship in Spring Green, Wisconsin later that year. Peters would go on to have a prolific career under Wright, serving as project architect and structural engineer for many of his world famous buildings including Fallingwater, the Johnson Wax Headquarters and the Guggenheim Museum.  When Wright died in 1959, Peters succeeded him as chairman of Taliesin Associated Architects. He was licensed to practice in all 50 states and became chairman of the Wright Foundation in 1985. 

T H E   P R O J E C T 

Indiana Landmarks, the nation’s largest statewide preservation organization, acquired the home in 2013 by means of a local community improvement grant. Together with a group of passionate local preservation advocates dubbed the “Friends of the Peters-Margedant House” over $200,000 was raised for the relocation and restoration of the home including the reconstruction of the home’s exterior courtyards which had long since been removed. Even the original flagstones, quarried by Peters at his family farm nearby, were uncovered and relocated to the new site. The home currently resides on the campus of the University of Evansville where Wes began his college education.  It is now open to university faculty, students and the general public for tours and special events.

LEARN ABOUT THE STUDIO

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE )

Owner Adam Green is a registered architect with over 15 years of professional experience spanning from Southern California to New England.  His current practice is based in Evansville, Indiana, at the heart of a region rich with history and culture.  He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, a LEED Accredited Professional and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.  Adam is a graduate of the Denmark International Studies Program at the University of Copenhagen and received a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Cincinnati’s School of Architecture and Interior Design in 2004.  Both experiences still inform and inspire his work today.

Associations:
  • Board president, Friends of the Peters-Margedant House (non-profit)
  • Board member, Woodmere Dog Park (non-profit)
  • Member, American Institute of Architects Southern Indiana
  • Member, Evansville Design Group
  • Member, Indiana Landmarks
  • Member, Evansville Museum
  • Member, Arts Council of Southwest Indiana
  • Member, Alpha Rho Chi Alumni Association
Work History:
  • Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects. Louisville, KY (2006-2012)
  • Golba Architecture. San Diego, CA (2003-2006)
  • City of Worcester, MA (2000-2001)
  • Ratio Architects. Indianapolis, IN (1999-2000)
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COMMON QUESTIONS

(& ANSWERS)

What is full-service design?
Full-service design includes architectural services as well as those of all required design consultants.  This typically includes a structural engineer, mechanical engineer and site design specialist(s).  We assemble and manage the design team from initial design concept to the end of building construction so you don’t have to.

 

This method is generally preferred by clients who can’t commit full time to managing the design of their project. Any additional consultants employed by the owner, such as interior designers, landscape designers, and brand consultants are encourage to participate with our team during the design process.  This allows us to deliver a final product that best meets your project goals, from practical to playful.

How much do architectural services cost?
It depends on two things:

 

1. The SIZE of your project, and…

2. The level of your EXPECTATION.

Commercial design fees are typically 5%-10% of total construction cost and include full-service design.  This includes architectural fees as well as those of any required engineering consultants.

Residential project design fees can vary considerably based on project scope and owner needs.  Architectural fees for new construction can be as low as a few thousand dollars, while full-service design for large custom residential projects can range in the tens of thousands of dollars.

Architectural design fees are based primarily on the time required to meet our client’s expectations. Even a modest residence can take over 100 hours of design work!

Contact us for more detailed pricing information.

Can I afford to build new?
Residential building construction costs in the Midwest typically range from $125 per square foot for a convention wood-framed residence up to $200 per square foot for a high-end custom project.  The wide range in cost is due primarily to the level of quality desired when selecting fixtures, finishes and other design features.

 

Commercial building construction costs vary widely depending on the construction type and building use.  Costs per square foot can range as low as $40 for a pre-manufactured metal building to over $200 for a high-end medical or government facility.  Most office and retail projects fall in the range of $100-$175 per square foot.

Keep in mind that the term “building construction cost” does not include the initial land purchase, site work, public utility work or design fees.  Yes, buildings are expensive!

How much do 3D visualization services cost?
3D visualization services are billed at $75/hr.  The time involved in the digital rendering process can vary greatly depending on building size and complexity as well as client expectations, but generally range from $500-$2000 per high resolution image.

 

Contact us today for an estimate!

CONTACT

Adam J. Green Architect

5200 Washington Ave., Suite H
Evansville, IN 47715
812-401-4460
adam@adamgreenarchitect.com

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