The goal of this project was to convert a dilapidated YWCA building, constructed in 1921, into 26 modern loft-style condominiums. Challenges included numerous wall and rook leaks, updating the mechanical systems, the need to “modernize the facility to be used as lofts, the requirement of an exterior stair to bring the building up to code, improving the structural soundness of the building. The project was completed in partnership with the Texas Historical Commission to meet their stringent requirements. Additionally, all of this was done within the owners budgetary constraints.
A complete structural analysis of the building was completed to make certain it would meet current building code standards and hurricane requirements for Galveston County. The interior of the building was demolished, steel was reinforced and additional support was added to the
concrete floors. A high efficiency mechanical system was added to each unit along with a fire sprinkler system.
The team worked to retain the character of the existing historic building. A balcony system was added with an exterior fire stair designed to reflect the historic architecture of the structure. The interior of the units blended warm finishes such as natural wood floors and cabinets with
the exposed brick walls and ceilings to give a “loft” atmosphere. The facility was upgraded with modern appliences and other amenities such as a pool, workout facilities and a common “social” room for hosting parties and gatherings.
The development is one block from the popular Strand area in Galveston and within walking distance to the beach. The owner’s reported excellent pre-sales of the units during construction.