Florida Blanca: After Restoration

Repair seemed like an impossible task and replacement was impractical due to code requirements that simply would not allow a similar building to be built in place. What had been a 5 unit office located on one of the most visible sites in downtown Pensacola appeared to be about to fade into the past. Not content to just give up, the owners, pressed on.

At the suggestion of one of the owner’s friends, they contacted Halley Lovato and his team at Highpointe DBR in hopes that there might be some way to restore the damage and preserve the historical building. After some careful investigation and structural analysis, it was determined that restoration was theoretically possible. Given the historical nature of the building and its address in Old Seville’s Historic preservation district, any repairs had to preserve the original appearance and utilize equivalent materials. Also, despite the antique appearance, all of the building’s structural and mechanical components would have to be brought to or replaced in compliance with the current Florida Building Code from slab to roof, electrical, plumbing and even handicap access had to come up to code.

Most importantly, all repairs had to be completed within the budget amounts determined by the available proceeds of the building’s insurance policy. To make a long story short, Lovato and his team redesigned and rebuilt the building on budget and on time and, in so doing saved an important part of Pensacola’s bay front landscape.