The City of Mobile and Carbone Properties sought to restore and repurpose the historic Gulf, Mobile, & Ohio (GM&O) headquarters as a transportation and business hub in downtown Mobile. They turned to Volkert for conceptual designs and master planning to bring back the magnificent 1907 Spanish Mission Revival gem.
Volkert provided a master plan, 3-D models, business site layouts, CADD drawings, and lead abatement assessment and design for the conversion of the terminal to an intermodal facility. Additional services included grade and drainage plans, dimension site layouts, site utilities, cost estimates, mechanical improvements, civil specifications, and permitting.
The restoration converted approximately 65,000 square feet for retail, Class A office space, dining and exhibit space, and an intermodal transportation facility. The restoration and selective demolition was monitored by the State Historical Commission. A partnership of the City of Mobile and the developer, with Federal tax credits, provided funding. The restoration obtained the approval from U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Park Service.
The renovated building features a marble and terrazzo interior with a terra cotta and clay tile roof. It serves as Mobile’s transportation hub and an office complex housing the South Alabama Regional Planning Commission, among other agencies and businesses.
Scope of Work: Master Plan, Concept Design, Design Alternatives, Hazardous Materials Assessment, Retention Design, Cost Estimates, Permitting Documentation, Agency Coordination