Lakeside Engineering performed a building condition assessment of the Historic Arcade Building located at 83 Fall Street, in Downtown Seneca Falls, NY to determine the condition of the building, conceptual drawing layout, and cost estimate in order to determine if it was feasible to renovate the building to a mixed use occupancy. Once it was determined that it was feasible to convert the building to residential and commercial space, a detailed code review was performed using the Building Code of New York, Chapter 13 (Performance Compliance Method) to determine the life safety requirements. A building envelope model was developed using the program COMcheck to determine the requirements needed to meet the New York State Energy Code. Final construction drawings were developed and approvals were received from the Town Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Town Board, the Historic Society, and the Seneca County Code Enforcement Office. Lakeside Engineering acted as the construction manager on the project, self-performing the work and overseeing the electrical and mechanical trades.
The construction included a complete gut of the space down to the concrete floors and walls, new windows, spray-on foam insulation, complete renovation of the space, new electrical services, replacement of all plumbing and natural gas lines, new water services, and tile, hardwood, and carpeting flooring. Each apartment is equipped with a high efficiency central air/heating system, washer/dryer, high efficiency hot water heater, dishwasher, high end cabinets and appliances. The life safety features designed and constructed in the building include a 1-hour and 2-hour fire separation between the spaces, a fully addressable fire alarm system with remote access, Knox-Box fire department access, fire extinguisher's throughout, secured building access, as well as a security camera system.