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The LINK: An Innovative Approach to Historic Preservation
The LINK is a mixed-use project in Phoenix, Arizona that proves historic preservation can coexist with innovation. Originally built in the 1950’s and located in the heart of the Phoenix Cultural district, the 7,000 square foot two-story mid-century commercial structure has earned itself a second life. The project recently received top honors at the 30th Annual Valley Forward Environmental Excellence Awards.
The ground-floor facade of the building opens up the to its urban neighborhood thanks to a series of glass panels that slide open, blurring the line between the interiors and the streetscape. The first floor contains a coffee shop, a retail space, and a gallery. The second floor houses the studio of Merzproject, the project’s designers, as well as a studio of Shepley Bulfinch. The award-winning project was the recipient of a 2009 Best of Interior Design award from Southwest Contractor.
The beautiful renovation also features an impressive array of sustainable systems. A new super-efficient split HVAC system regulates the interior atmosphere, while additional openings were created in the facade to maximize the day-lighting in the interiors and high-efficiency Low-E glazing is featured throughout. The entire roof has been recovered with a highly reflective coating that reduces the heat island effect while helping to maximize the building’s energy systems. A new 25kW solar panel system provides for 50% of the building’s power needs during peak months and 100% of its needs during off-peak months.
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