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Bangor Savings Banks Opens in Falmouth

At the end of April an exciting adaptive reuse retail project known as the Bangor Savings Plaza opened in Falmouth’s Village Center district. The project designed by ALPHAarchitects converts the former SAAB dealership located at 215 US Route One, Falmouth into a dynamic new retail plaza with tenants Bangor Savings Bank, Falmouth ACE Hardware and a tenant to be named.

ALPHAarchitects have efficiently breathed new life into what used to be a dark empty structure before the proposed new idea was presented. The 15,000 SF building has a chance to be useful once more, after being vacant for over a year. The former SAAB dealership is divided into three adjacent spaces for the three new businesses. ALPHAarchitects designed a shared common space with a private entry for interaction and circulation of the retail staffers. Generous landscaping and interconnected exterior pathways generate smooth movement for customers to go from one business to another.

“The Bangor Savings Plaza project is another great addition to the Route One corridor. The town is particularly excited to see the adaptive, creative reuse of a vacant building, which resulted in not one, but three new businesses! Together they will bring valuable jobs and services to this area and have a positive impact on the local economy. Congratulations!”
Theo H.B.M. Holtwijk (Director of Long-Range Planning)

The new Bangor Savings Plaza radiates with sail-like vestibules at each business entrance. ALPHAarchitects employed large, unobstructed panes of new metal panels, aluminum storefronts, and curved metal canopies for a welcoming presence to the customers. The building faces US Route One at an angle, with the site having ample parking and a three-lane drive thru for Bangor Savings Bank.

Mark Sengelmann, principal of ALPHAarchitects commented, “The team that designed and developed the Bangor Savings Plaza project collaborated efficiently. This dynamic project effectively recycled the facility and revitalizes the south end of Falmouth’s Village Center.” This project build out was fast tracked by Landry and French Construction, the contractor of choice for Bangor Saving’s Bank.

“We were very excited to have been selected as the construction manager on this project. It’s not every day you get a project where we have three different end users and a huge building transformation. We feel this building is changing the landscape of Route One in a very positive fashion.”
Kevin French (Owner of Landry/French Construction)

 

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Young’s Furniture Completion

With the completion of the new Young’s Furniture Market on Western Avenue in South Portland, which is the beautiful new 15,000 SF building is the keynote structure in Miaetta’s Western Crossing 10 lot commercial business park.

Earlier this week Steven Young, co-owner of the new building commented, “We are very pleased with the results of the Young’s Furniture Market building. The design is everything we hoped it would be. Everyone on the team did a great job.” ALPHAarchitects employed large, unobstructed panes of glass for proper furniture viewing topped with residential scale transom windows to evoke a warm, homelike feel. They also installed oversized, eight-foot doors to complement the building’s grandeur. A strong masonry base was employed to withstand years of wear. Finally, the well designed building was built 22 feet high to balance the overall length of the building.

“We enjoyed working with the sophisticated owners of Young’s Furniture Market to create a distinctive, timeless design,” said Mark Sengelmann, Principal of ALPHAarchitects. “Conceptually we designed the new building as a complement to the Young’s furniture building and the Ethan Allan showroom also owned by the Young’s across Western Avenue. We accomplished our goals by creating a central focus and a campus interface where customers can conveniently walk across the street to shop.” ALPHAarchitects fast-tracked the project, obtaining South Portland Planning Board approval of the initial submission and completing the construction phase in less than six months. Port City’s project partners include PM Construction of Saco, Shelley Engineering of Westbrook, and Sebago Technics of Portland.

 

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