The client needed to consolidate three remote offices into a single building to help streamline and economize their operation. The Kellems found a piece of land centrally located to their three existing offices. Although the buildable area of the lot was impacted by wetlands, the proximity to a major highway made this choice of land desirable.
The building footprint was limited by a zoning setback on one side, a wetland buffer zone at the rear, a raised septic field setback in the front and the limit of parking on the remaining side. The depth of potential basement was limited due to a high groundwater level.
Obtaining a building height variance to allow the basement to be raised above the groundwater level to a height allowed a portion of the basement level to be utilized as the building entry foyer and allowed sufficient space to be provided for a waiting room and employee break room over the main entry. The remainder of the lower level is dedicated to storage while the remainder of the first and second floors are dedicated to office and circulation space to fit the needs of the clients.
The completed project contains offices, conferencing facilities, an employee break area and sufficient parking to accommodate the needs of a busy legal practice.