Choate Construction delivers One West Victory featuring 114 student-focused apartment homes striving for LEED certification, a four-level precast parking deck, and the renovation of two late 19th century historic buildings. Constructed yards away from an active railway, these buildings are transformed into a restaurant with a rooftop space and a residential amenity building including a fitness center, leasing office, study hall, and student lounge.
Apartment homes offer residents full kitchens, contemporary granite countertops, and spacious living quarters. Commercial mini-split HVAC systems offer individualized, efficient cooling and heating. The four-story apartment building is constructed of wood frame with a partial first-floor brick facade and three-coat cement plaster system on floors two through four.
The Florence is a top-notch restaurant located in the renovated 19th century Savannah Ice Factory. The transformed building is a light-flooded space with reclaimed marble wall cladding, countertops, and table tops, reclaimed sinker cypress wood bar cladding and standing coffee bar. The cafe has an extensive list of coffee, espresso drinks, and daily selection of house made pastries, while the restaurant side serves the best in locally-sourced Italian fare, including house-made pizzas in an imported Italian wood-fired oven.
The restaurant features exposed wood beam ceilings, reclaimed heart pine floors custom-milled from the building’s original floor and roof beams, back-lit bars featuring craft beers and signature wines, and banquette seating, all highlighting the antique look of the building. An exposed kitchen gives guests a glimpse into the world of the chef as their food is being prepared. For guests wanting to enjoy their meal al fresco, there is roof top dining and “herb garden patio dining.”
2015 Historic Savannah Foundation’s Preservation Award
2015 Associated General Contractors of Georgia, 1st Place in Construction Group
2015 Associated General Contractors of Georgia, First Place Honors Best Sustainable Building Practices
2015 Associated General Contractors of Georgia, Safety Award
2015 Georgia Chapter American Concrete Institute, Outstanding Achievement Award – Parking Deck