During my Fall 2008 senior seminar, we were to research a type of business to design a 3,000-10,000 square foot building for. During the semester we were required to include a thesis statement, personal design style, precedence studies, research, programing, code studies, images of our chosen building, and floor plans.
The building I chose is the The Power Plant at Lucky Strike. It is one of the oldest building in Richmond's historic Tobacco Row. Tobacco Row is an area of downtown Richmond, VA where tobacco warehouses and cigarette factories thrived in the early 1800s. The area was abandoned by the tobacco companies by the late 1980s. In 1995 the Richmond Flood Wall was completed, and many of the old warehouses of Tobacco Row were modernized. The Power Plant at Lucky Strike is at the end of Tobacco Row and supplied power to all of the other buildings along the River. Historic renovations of the Lucky Strike has been ongoing for years by various firm’s in Richmond. The space is currently under construction by Odell Architects. The Lucky Strike is a large building at 18,000 square feet with two tenant spaces, and 45 parking spaces. I chose this building because of its location to Shockoe Bottom, the James River, and re-developing neighborhoods of Church Hill. It has inherent beauty with two story glass windows and several skylights, which will make a perfect space for my project.
For my Senior Thesis proposal I chose to create a used bookstore. I started the project by doing extensive research on the used bookstore market. The information lead me to conclude that the South Atlantic area is the best place right now for a used bookstore, however smaller stores are not succeeding. This lead me to my second conclusion, which is that large bookstores with strong internet sales are doing the best in the market. I decided then to ''partner'' with an existing successful used bookstore chain in Portland, OR known as Powell's Books. I proposed that the company wanted to expand to the east coast and thus save on shipping expenses for the east coast sales. Powell's Books also wants to establish a design style in their new store that is different than the Portland stores, which is where my job would start.