With a desirable location along the new 5th Avenue Streetcar line, The Failing Building, built in 1909, was a prime candidate for a significant building renovation. Waterleaf redesigned this adaptive reuse on the ground floor and second level storefronts, replacing the 1950’s era façade. The new design reflects the historic character of the building, while incorporating contemporary detailing and materials. Key elements of the original building façade, where available, were retained, and new materials such as the marble base were incorporated to blend the old with the new.

Additional improvements to the building include seismic upgrades, renovation of the main lobby and common areas, the addition of a secure bike room, and ongoing tenant improvement work to make the building available for creative commercial office and mixed use tenants.

Program: Adaptive Reuse, Historic Renovation, Office

Partners: Lease Crutcher Lewis, Catena Consulting EngineersPAE Engineers, Luma Lighting Design