Historic Pea Cannery Transformed into Mixed-Use Facility in BozemanOct 27 2015 · 0 comments · Adaptive reuse, Industrial, Mixed-Use, NISHKIAN MONKS, Office/Commercial ·0
The transformation of a former pea cannery in Bozeman’s Cannery District on the northeast end of town into a four-story office/mixed-use facility is almost complete. Construction crews are hard at work throughout the site, finishing details and completing those areas not yet ready for public access. The developers, Cannery District Partners LLC, with Comma-Q Architecture, Langlas & Associates, and Nishkian Monks, hope to provide a new mixed-use and commercial/retail space to an up and coming live-work neighborhood.
The current construction is part of the first phase of the overall project, which has three phases total. The 28,000 square feet building was originally constructed nearly a century ago. To meet the demands for this adaptive reuse project, Nishkian Monks created a solution offering structural renovations and rehabilitation of the four-story timber framed building that consists of adding a new central elevator/stair core; seismic upgrading of the lateral force resisting system; strengthening of existing gravity system; and strengthening of the existing foundation system. Foundation work consists of installation of new helical piers beneath columns/frames/shear walls, along with installation of new concrete grade beams beneath new interior bearing walls. The main objectives of the project were to structurally retrofit the existing building and create flexibility within the interior spaces, while retaining the building’s historical integrity and character.
The Cannery District is rich with local history. At the start of the 1900s, the district housed a company that shipped vegetables and meat during the depression. Workers packaged 13,000 cases of peas a day. The canning company closed down in the 1960s. The towering cannery building, warehouse and other outbuildings then housed various industrial companies, or sat empty for quite some time. Today the district is home to several businesses. The property’s proximity to downtown Bozeman, and its location on the main route to Bridger Bowl and the airport have made it an attractive place for tech companies, retailers, and restaurants. With the addition of the revamped Cannery Building, new tenants Elixiter, Miller Architecture, The Barber Shop & Shaving Parlor, and Seven Sushi Restaurant have moved in.
The process of adapting buildings and land for a purpose other than which they were originally intended is a successful way to lessen urban sprawl and conserve land. The Cannery Building project is a clever example of adaptive reuse to inspire the functional conservation of other abandoned buildings while offering a creative solution to not just preserving an important part of the town history, but also giving it a modern function.