Bouhan Falligant

Savannah, GA

The Chicago-style architecture of this building was completed one percent under budget and ahead of schedule. Project team members opted for a detailed masonry exterior of brick and cast stone, with an interior featuring energy-efficient HVAC, LED lighting, impact-rated stainless steel entry door, structural steel framing and permeable pavers.

The building most closely resembles the monumental architecture from the Federal style period. The primary design features include regularly spaced pilasters, topped with cast stone capitals, which support a classical motif brick entablature. The heavy stone cornice above the pilasters wraps the entire building. Though the exterior is traditional, the interior is clean, crisp and incorporates all of the features of modern efficient office design.

We began this project by looking at other large-scale buildings located around Forsyth Park. The Chicago-style of design, prominent in Savannah with examples like the Germania Bank, the Dunbar Theater, Adler’s and the News Press Building (all lost, save the News Press), was the inspiration for the building. This style has characteristic pilasters, wide, stacked window bays, and simple cast stone ornamentation. The interior design approach centered on creating a modern and efficient layout.

Bouhan Falligant, LLP celebrated the grand opening of its new three-story, 18,000-square-foot building at One West Park Avenue, on the south side of Forsyth Park on June 14, 2017. The highly detailed, brick-veneered and energy-efficient building with cast stone elements was constructed in nine months, a bit of a record for a custom private office building. Given the function, an office building serving as a home to a prominent and well-established law firm in historic Savannah, we knew we needed to design a building to match the character and needs of that group in an inspiring and efficient manner.

The exterior was inspired by its historic context, both existing examples and some since gone. It needed to fit in with that context while being monumental and necessarily contemporary in its own right. A conventional steel structural grid system provided the opportunity for a series of pilasters and bays for wide, stacked windows. Brick veneer with cast stone ornamentation were chosen to create a more timeless and enduring façade. The detailing of the brick and cast stone elements were where we were able to grey the lines between traditional and contemporary. We took great effort to be more creative with the traditional materials: varying the brick bonds and orientations, subtly expressing classical proportions, and creating angles for more distinctive shadow lines. By following these design directions, we were able to design and build a modern office building that many people say looks like is has been there for forever.

For the interior, we utilized the more traditional method of a central core including circulation and support spaces with all occupied spaces pushed to the perimeter. Therefore, each occupied space received at least one window to increase daylighting and views and decrease the need for artificial lighting, even though the lighting is highly efficient, dimmable LED. The rhythm of the exterior façade allowed for more consistent and democratic sizing of offices and workspaces. Interior comfort was also a major concern so we designed a VRF system to reduce the amount of ductwork, maximize room volumes, and allow more individual controls.