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December 19, 2022
Following over a year of renovations, Byrd Barr Place has returned to the historic Fire Station No. 23 building at 722 18th Ave. in the Central District.
Byrd Barr Place provides housing and energy assistance, a food bank and financial education.
Nearly 11,000 square feet of interior space was remodeled, including a revamped food bank, a new community gathering space, and flexible office space for staff and expanding programs. The food bank is designed to mimic a grocery store, with display refrigerators and wooden shelves for produce.
Work also involved the repair of the building’s windows and masonry. A new pin-pile supported braced frame was integrated into the structure to stabilize the front facade. An internal steel skeleton frame was added to reinforce the old hose tower. Plaster ceilings were replaced with Sureboard sheathing, recreated the appearance of the original ceiling.
Owner: Byrd Barr Place
Architect: SHKS Architects
General contractor: Rafn Co.
Structural engineer: Lund Opsahl
Mechanical engineer: FSi Engineers
Electrical engineer: TFWB Engineers
Civil engineer: Coterra Engineering
Geotechnical engineer: Pangeo
Lighting designer: Sparklab Lighting Design
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