Multi-family Adaptive Reuse

The owner of a retail music and drum shop in Lancaster decided he wanted to get out of the music retail business and enter the world of investment real estate. He came to Benchmark Construction with the idea to take his historic 1800s building – in use at the time as his retail location with a second-floor apartment – and turn it into a modern multi-family housing and retail space.

The scope of work included:

  • Significant pre-construction and adaptive reuse planning
  • Leveling the uneven floors and ceilings across the building’s four structures; each was a different height
  • Converting a portion of the first floor and the entire second floor into multi-family residences
  • Gaining zoning approval for the addition of a third floor as new construction
  • Constructing 22 one-bedroom apartments
  • Gaining historical commission approval and permits for the renovation
  • Conducting a market study to ensure the lofts would lease once built
  • Adding significant green space

Project Info

  • Location: Lancaster, PA
  • Client: Drums, Etc.
  • Architect: Tippets Weaver Architects
  • Awards: 2022 ABC Keystone, Award of Excellence
  • Square Footage: 25,354
  • Year Completed: 2021
  • Expertise: Construction Management, Self-Perform
  • Sector: Multi-Family

Key Team Members

  • Mike S. Callahan

    Vice President of Real Estate Development
  • Andy Gilburg

    Senior Preconstruction Project Manager
  • Fred Kurtz

    Project Superintendent
  • Steve Zellers

    Project Superintendent

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