The challenge of rehabilitating historic structures lies not just in what you know and what you must adhere to, but also in what you don’t know and won’t find until construction begins.
Belco’s team, with years of experience, provided the electrical installation, including on-site electrical design solutions, for the renovation of the historic Lincoln Place apartments.
The Apartments, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, were originally designed and built in 1951 to house returning GI’s from World War II. The complex is one of the last remaining examples of post-World War II moderate income housing. It was designed by Ralph A. Vaughn (1907-2000), one of the few black architects practicing in the U.S. at that time. The renovation and modernization of these apartments is being accomplished according to strict guidelines for historic structures set by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.
The Lincoln Place apartments are wood-framed structures over 60 years old. Once the project began the condition of the structures was finally known. Certain conditions required a change in design on a very tight schedule. Belco’s team provided new solutions that met all of the renovation standards while keeping the project on schedule.
The newly renovated community maintains the architectural integrity and garden-style apartment dimension for the bulk of the buildings. But in a nod to modernity, 2 new buildings were constructed with an additional, third floor. Also, a new community center and pool were added as amenities to the community.