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Philosophy

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- THE PAST AND THE FUTURE ARE NOT INCOMPATIBLE -

With this philosophy, our design and planning work addresses specific project requirements and goals.  We offer passionate knowledge of historic and cultural conditions, preservation issues, and promote continued use of existing buildings and sites.  Our designs preserve the unique qualities of building craftsmanship, materials and forms, and integrate those features with sensitive additions, infill, and rehabilitations to vitalize existing structures, sites, and neighborhoods.

- HISTORIC PATTERNS PROVIDE GUIDANCE AND INSPIRATION FOR NEW DESIGN -

Preservation design involves knowledge of and respect for occupants and place.  During design, we analyze patterns of use and movement, daylight and landscape, and the unique ways people use internal and external spaces.

- COLLABORATION USES THE STRENGTHS OF EACH PARTICIPANT AND RESULTS IN THOROUGH PLANNING AND DESIGN -

We seek opportunities for multi-disciplinary design that results in richer responses.  We work well in collaborative partnerships with clients, building occupants, consultants, contractors and community members.

- OUR PROJECTS DO MORE WITH LESS -

BOLA is a small, agile firm.  We use entrepreneurial strategies to address problems with intelligence, and to create efficient solutions that meet programs, schedules, and budgets.

- SUSTAINABLE INTEGRATION -

Acknowledging the future and benefits of adaptive use, BOLA's practice embraces a holistic approach to building preservation and rehabilitation.  Our solutions successfully weave together the conservation of natural and cultural resources with new technologies.