Transforming an abandoned department store into a chic downtown mixed-use destination
KPS Group worked closely with developer Bayer Properties to renovate downtown Birmingham’s iconic Pizitz Building, a department store built in 1923 that had remained vacant for over 25 years. KPS designed the core & shell for the +$60M project, which included restoration of the original terra cotta façade, replacement of the roof, streetscape redesign, and conversion of the interior space into residential units with retail and a food hall in the ground and basement levels. All windows were replaced in keeping with the original profiles and in compliance with National Park Service guidelines to achieve Historic Tax Credits. The team collaborated with Masonry Arts on the stabilization and restoration of the terra cotta skin and copings. New street level storefront improvements and a new public lobby provide an image in character with the building’s original style. The project was designed to achieve LEED Certification.
Architecture | Historic Preservation
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Originally intended for commercial office and retail space, the upper floors were redesigned as multi-family residential units after the start of construction.