Woolen Mills Historic Adaptive Re-Use

Historic Tax Credit Renovation • Collaborative CM@Risk Delivery
Cost-Saving Preconstruction Services • High Profile, Local Landmark Facility

Woolen Mills was a CM@Risk project involving the historic renovation and adaptive reuse of a 100,000sf textile factory built in 1847 along the banks of the Rivanna River in scenic Charlottesville, Virginia. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and was eligible for both state and federal tax credits. The historic renovation included the refurbishment of the original steel frame windows and installation of over 14,000 panes of new glass along with restoration of the exterior masonry. The original tar and asbestos roof was replaced with new roofing. The project also included extensive sitework and landscaping which required removing over 20,000cy of soil from the site to make it more functional and allow for the necessary parking and site amenities. Along with this major sitework effort, restoration of the areas around the Rivanna River and Moore’s Creek, which both border the site, included a significant scope of natural plantings to improve the area.

The interior of the building was brought back to life by refinishing all the original wood flooring as well as cleaning and restoring the interior brick walls. The ceiling joists and wood were left exposed as a feature of the new tenant space, along with incorporating some of the original elements of the building as accents such as the old steam piping, original wood doors, and original lighting. As part of the project, the original stairwells were restored while addressing code related concerns associated with modern buildings. Additional code improvements included a fire protection system and a fire alarm system. This prominent adaptive re-use project house a computer software company’s offices and include commercial café dining for its employees, a public coffee shop, and a brewery. This project represents a significant initiative in the revitalization of the surrounding Woolen Mills site and local area.

Location: Charlottesville, Virginia

Architect: 3 North

Size: 100,000sf