Framework Architecture


Framework Architecture is a Sherbert Group partner, which specializes in Adaptive-Reuse Architecture and Planning, and Historic Preservation and Rehabilitation. We have completed projects, ranging from reactivation of the largest historic mills to the reactivation of the smallest historic homes. Our expertise focuses on preserving and modernizing historic buildings throughout the entire nation.

Some of our most recent projects include Drayton Mills in Spartanburg, South Carolina, The American Tobacco Campus in Durham, North Carolina, and Revolution Mill in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Old buildings need not be tossed aside just because their original use is no longer relevant. Often, all we need is a vision to set the wheels of change in motion and spare our architectural heritage from the wrecking ball. Understanding the opportunities, as well as the limitations, of historic properties is a fundamental skill of the Framework Architecture team. We meld intimate knowledge of historic real estate assets with thoughtfully conceived design solutions.

Historic properties are often neglected for decades upon decades. Once commonplace construction methods become a thing of folklore over time. This is where concept becomes reality. We understand how to properly mend these buildings and marry them to new uses. These skills are crucial to a successful project. We put our knowledge and experience to work for you, to assure the highest quality architectural product and safeguard your tax credit investment.

A conventional construction project can be problematic to manage. When adding the complexities of historic preservation requirements, as well as the nonlinear nature of a rehabilitation project, inefficiencies tend to occur and costly problems tend to arise. By incorporating into the team a qualified, independent Construction Monitor, projects run smoother, complete faster, and stay more on-budget. Real-time monitoring provides the team with observational feedback, based upon years of experience over a wide range of projects. The developers, contractors, and design professionals all receive unbiased recommendations, allowing the entire team to make better decisions every step of the way.

Every developer of historic real estate assets is confronted with a list of questions regarding a potential project. What is the best combination of uses? What parts are “sacred” from a preservation perspective? How much can I modify the buildings? Where do the hidden problems reside? The list goes on and on. By commissioning a thorough Feasibility Analysis from an experienced design professional, insight can be gained into every aspect of rehabilitation and redevelopment. Early identification of key “anchor points” of a property sets the stage for a focused and efficient project. Actions such as determining the significance level of on-site features, as well as identifying opportunities and hardships integral to the property, help guide the decision making process. Choices of where to focus resources and how prioritize expenditures begin with a deep and broad understanding of the real estate asset. A quality Feasibility Analysis is the most comprehensive way to ensure a forthright understanding of a candidate property.