The 419 West Congress Street conversion, formerly the Ampersand building, presented an expansion to a mixed-use, historical building located in the heart of downtown Savannah. This revitalization introduces an architectural “intervention” to the existing traditional-masonry structure by adding a fourth floor. The newly-elevated level is constructed of framed steel flushed with wood and enclosed by vertical glass. Spanning from floor to roof, the vertical glass is a distinctive yet muted feature, fitting seamlessly into the canopy of downtown buildings. JTVS is proud to be a part of the incredible team that brought this to Savannah.
Logistically this was the first hotel/condo project in Savannah that required taking off an existing roof structure to build the additional fourth floor and mezzanine level. We also had to work alongside a zero lot line situation, with scaffolding above, to make the proper renovations on both the south and east elevations. This project was completed in 12 months and required a substantial amount of structural steel, supportive masonry, and concrete to rehabilitate the building.