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M id A tlantic Real Estate Journal

M id A tlantic R eal E state J ournal Publisher, Conference Producer . .............Linda Christman AVP, Conference Producer ...........................Lea Christman Publisher ........................................................Joe Christman Editor/Graphic Artist ......................................Karen Vachon Contributing Columnist ............Steven Kratchman, Steven Kratchman Architect, PC Mid Atlantic R eal E state J ournal ~ Published Semi-Monthly Periodicals postage paid at Hingham, Massachusetts and additional mailing offices Postmaster send address change to: Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal 350 Lincoln St, Suite 1105, Hingham, MA 02043 USPS #22-358 | Vol. 33, Issue 3 Subscription rates: 1 year $99.00, 2 years $148.50, 3 years $247.50 & $4.00 single issue - plus postage REPORT AN ERROR IMMEDIATELY MARE Journal will not be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion Phone: 781-740-2900 | Fax: 781-740-2929 www.marej.com


Steven Kratchman

Architectural “Heart Transplants” Breathe New Life Into Outdated Buildings hanging the use of a building is akin to un- dergoing a heart trans- plant. Just as it takes a sur- geon with special skills to successfully complete complex operations, the same is true of an architect when a property needs to undergo intricate renovations that transform the building’s “heart.” C As the heart surgeon essen- tially re-wires the cardiovas- cular systemwhen transplant- ing a new heart, architectur- ally changing a building’s use requires navigating knotty building design challenges that may involve: • Multiple building codes and zoning resolutions •Marrying new and existing engineering • Creatively incorporating historic preservation require- ments • Scaling size restrictions that might call for micro- designing down to the square inch or up to multiple lots and acres

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The team at Steven Kratch - man Architect, PC (SKAPC) thrives on finding solutions to super-complex real estate projects that typically require creative thinking, ample time and unique skillsets. These projects can sometimes be hard nuts to crack, requiring troublesome approvals and an extreme level of problem solv- ing when dealing with exist- ing conditions. However, the rewards to owners and clients are extremely worthwhile. Advanced Complexity is Common in Building Renovations SKAPC’s portfolio of com - plex architectural projects in the Mid-Atlantic region

ranges from commercial build- ings and historic preservation projects in urban areas, to single-family residences in the suburbs, to co-ops. Many of these “heart transplant” projects involve pre-existing buildings with multiple com- plexity factors, including con- versions, construction in occu- pied buildings, and additions or enlargements where new and existing engineering must work together seamlessly. Marrying New Systems to Old Systems Climate comfort, energy sav - ings and life safety systems are expected in a built envi- ronment today, but standards continued on page 26A

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