Columbia-based Buchanan Construction Services announced Thursday it has completed remodeling of the 4,700-square-foot bakery building, part of the Commons at BullStreet redevelopment project.
Buchanan said it worked with Greenville-based Hughes Development Corp., developer of the BullStreet project, and 1x1 Design, a Columbia-based architecture firm, to preserve the building that was constructed in the early 1900s.
SOCO, a co-working site, and The Iron Yard, an in-person code school, are setting up shop in the bakery building – the first component of the planned BullStreet Technology Village. This is SOCO's second location as part of an expansion, while The Iron Yard is moving its facilities completely to BullStreet.
“When we first toured the building, it was trashed. Part of the roof had collapsed, and you could barely see out of the sky light,” said Davis Buchanan, president of the construction firm. “Our team enjoyed bringing this old lady back to life (and) teaming with Hughes Development and 1x1 Design.”
Interior renovations presented challenges with old brick, stained wood and peeling paint, according to a press release. New plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems were added.
The building offers occupants a view of Spirit Communications Park from the new back deck.
"This was an amazing project to take on – a 100-year old adaptive reuse project that honors the past and looks forward to the new and revitalized use of this anchor building in the BullStreet development,” said Greg Hilton, managing partner of SOCO. “We were thrilled to be a part of something that has the potential to transform an entire city, and the team at Buchanan Construction Services provided tremendous leadership in helping us get over the finish line."
A ribbon-cutting and open house are planned for Oct. 7.