For our mid term this semester, we reached the schematic phase of the 112 W. Lewis Street project. Here is a brief summary of the steps I (and the class) took to get to through the schematic planning:
- Case Studies were done on like-kind restaurants. I interviewed employees, sketched the floor plans, and surveyed the commercial kitchen layouts of each. My restaurant concept originally spun off of Two Boroughs Larder in Charleston, so while I visited certain North Carolina establishments, a lot of ideas come from that place.
- A small group visited the Building Inspections office for a review of our existing plans. We discussed various ideas for the space and the constraints therein. We were told to look at Rehab vs. State Building Codes. The fire inspector was also present and shared helpful feedback about egress from the second floor.
- The NC State Historic Preservation's Office came to present to us about the history of preservation in our state. Mitch Wilds also reviewed our ideas and let us know the parameters for viable options when applying for state tax credits. We learned more specifically that respecting the defining characteristics of our space would mean restoring finish materials and keeping the columns in the upstairs corridor exposed. He also said that leaving the upstairs corridor (along with its doors) in tact would be helpful.