Completion Year: 2014
Program: Mixed use building: Apartments Offices, Retail, Restaurants
Beinfield Project Team: Bruce Beinfield FAIA, James Wassell, Seelan Pather LEED AP, Vive Lee LEED AP, Cristian Gonzalez, Jessica Sansevera, Carol Matyia-Ross
General Contractor: A. Pappajohn
Landscape Architect: Eric Rains Landscape Architecture
Structural Engineer: WAI
Awards & Honors:
2015 -American Institute of Architects, Connecticut Chapter
Built Design Awards – Multi-Family
2015 NAIOP Connecticut &, Suburban New York
Night of the Stars Design Award
2015 CREW CT, The Real Estate Exchange
20TH Annual Blue Ribbon Awards
2015 American Society of Landscape Architecture
Merit Award – Built Work
“Ironworks” Annual Connecticut Landscape Architecture Report June 2015: 80-81
“South Norwalk’s Ironworks Earns Honors For Spinnaker Real Estate” by Tom Renner Norwalk Daily Voice May 2015
This urban infill mixed-use project in The Washington Street Historic District in South Norwalk, Connecticut, has played a critical role in stabilizing a neighborhood in decline. The program included 108 rental apartments, amenities for those apartments, and 18,000 of office retail and restaurant uses. The project provided enhanced connectivity between the historic district that had been created and revitalized in 1983, and the Maritime Aquarium that had been built as another component of an urban revitalization project at that time. A 230 space precast parking structure is hidden from public view.
The place-making aspect of this project has succeeded in offering a reason to visit this district that had been trending downward. On the ground level restaurants, a juice bar and a yoga studio open to a courtyard that has become a vital new place in the community. The Architecture of the courtyard echoes the scale and character of the historic district. The fountain crafted from recycled granite is a central feature of the courtyard, and a center of activity. The place is full of life. There is now a waiting list for apartments, and another restaurant will be opening on the courtyard soon. The goal of endowing the place with energy is being realized.
The Ironworks celebrates and reuses materials recycled from a former industrial building on the site. Structural Steel remnants, and heavy timber beams, even graffiti from the walls of the formerly abandoned building have been recycled in a permanent photographic exhibit in the residential amenity space.
At the turn of the century this district boasted an innovative expansion that landed Iron Works on the cover of Scientific American in 1880, then subsequently, went into decline. The urban ecology of this neighborhood had been fragile, with the restaurants and shops that populate it being particularly sensitive to economic downturns. Today Ironworks has come full circle returning to historic efficiency and vigor.