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The Adaptive Reuse of Historic American Can Company Warehouse into High End Canco Lofts
Jersey City, NJ
SBLM's adaptive re-use of the landmarked 1,000,000 sf American Can Company building is a high-profile example of the ongoing revitalization of Jersey City, New Jersey. The renovation of this former seven-story warehouse into 551 luxury condominiums totals 400,000 sf, including 10,000 sf of amenity space on the ground floor. Important characteristics of the original building are preserved in the conversion, including the retention of the Art Deco facade, the saw-toothed roof, grand-scaled windows, and soaring ceiling heights. Its classic factory elements, like ceilings that soar up to 24 feet and concrete columns as big around as giant redwoods, are set off by white-lacquered kitchen cabinetry, wide-plank white-oak flooring and stone countertops in every unit. In addition to the replacement of almost 2,000 windows, the deteriorating masonry of the facade was rehabilitated and updated roofing elements were installed. The addition of skylights maximizes passive lighting for energy-efficiency while creating a bright, modern ambiance. The condominiums were designed to retain a distinct industrial flavor, spiked with ultramodernity, having a look that is both retro and sleek.