PS&S had the opportunity to renovate the historic Broad Street Bank Building, located in the heart of Trenton and within walking distance of the Trenton Train Station. It was the first high rise structural steel office building constructed at the turn of the century. The exterior of the building is constructed of stone, masonry, copper and Palladian windows which bathe the first floor with natural light. A barrel vaulted plaster constructed lobby provides a historic entrance into this new mixed use facility. The new use will integrate retail on the lower floor and market rate housing on the floors above.
The challenges of this project were to renovate the exterior of this historic structure, maintain the beauty of its materials and scale, initiate a high performance exterior skin with new insulated windows while maintaining the interior architecture and re-establishing its historic presentation.
THE PS&S SOLUTION
PS&S designed 124 units of one and two bedrooms apartments and historically renovated entrance lobbies at Montgomery Street and East State Street. The building exterior and interior were carefully refinished to bring it back to its original luster. The exterior stone was cleaned, repaired and repointed. Windows in the first two floors were replaced with bronze colored aluminum, thermally broken frames and low E glazing. Wood windows in the upper floors were removed and replaced with mahogany frames with operating low E glass to match the existing units in style and size. The copper cornice was totally reconstructed to match the existing metal work done at the turn of the century. The historic elevator doors in the lobby were refaced with all controls and hoistway structure rebuilt. The interior of the exterior wall was carefully insulated with foam insulation to provide a high performing exterior wall.
The basement accommodates a health club and spa as well as a historical museum. At the Ninth Floor, there is a Green Roof/Observation Court available to the residents of the complex. This magnificent elevated court overlooks the vast horizon of the Historical Trenton Region. About 100 yards down Montgomery Street, a new multi-story parking garage was also designed with a capacity of 163 cars dedicated to the tenants of this residential complex. All of this was completed to meet sustainable standards while winning the 18th Annual NJ Historic Preservation Awards and becoming historically registered. Broad Street Bank was qualified at its completion as a Federal Historic Registered Building and won the 2008 New Jersey Historic Building Award.