Decatur, Alabama
Project Size and Construction Cost
4,170 GSF and $780,200

General Description
Sherlock, Smith & Adams was selected to provide a complete site/facility survey and developed a deficiency assessment for the purpose of converting the facility to a visual arts center for the City of Decatur, Alabama.  Sherlock, Smith & Adams also provided complete architectural, engineering, and planning services associated with this project. The building was constructed in 1904 with funding from the Carnegie Foundation and housed Decatur's main library for many years until the library's needs outgrew the building. For approximately 20 years, the building was used as a youth center for the First Baptist Church.

Many local organizations and individuals communicated that the building should be returned to public use because of its historic and architectural significance. This was the primary purpose of the feasibility study.

The scope of work established after this feasibility study was to provide complete renovations/alterations to this historic building in accordance with NFPA 101, NFPA 70, NFPA 90A, SBC, and ADA.  These renovations and alterations cover all architectural and engineering aspects of this project including historic preservation, site, entrances, elevator, toilet rooms, assembly areas, displays, exterior materials and systems, interior materials and systems, plumbing/mechanical/fire protection, electrical, structural, and asbestos containing material and lead based paint.