As an integral part of the overall design strategy, UQ conducted a full programming analysis of the social services HANAC provides on site to help optimize space needs.
We also performed a physical assesment on the existing building and conducted historic research. Built in the 1890's, the Skills Building was originally the first police precinct in Astoria and is an example of Romanesque Revival architecture of the period. The building was nominated for review by the State Historic Preservation Office and has been deemed eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Our various design options have included full and partial preservation as we continue to work with HANAC to develop the best strategy for the site.
This option cuts through the old building and new building creating an openness and mix of program.
Using the adjacent lot allows this building to accommodate additional residential use, as well as underground parking.