Historic Reuse Projects

Historic Reuse or Adaptive Reuse is a process of reusing an existing building for a new purpose.  This strategy is employed consistently in the Region to preserve and protect our heritage and our history of innovation.

EnviroControl Systems expertise in breathing new life into aging buildings, while respecting a building’s important historical/architectural elements is sought after by general contractors, building owners, and developers. We are not a restoration company, but we are an integral part of safeguarding your piece of history.

This is a small collection of projects we are most proud of, in the Historic Reuse Sector over the past few years. Each project had a unique set of requirements and the challenge of protecting and preserving another story. Through value engineering and years of experience we were able to help preserve these historically relevant buildings while ensuring the comfort and safety of all those who live, work, and play in these spaces.

Avant Garde Building

Dayton, OH

The conversion of Lotz Paper Building to the Avant Garde Office  Suites and Restaurant Space was undertaken during 2017-2018.  EnvrioControl Systems was contracted to install the mechanical systems.


Ensemble Theater

Cincinnati, OH

This project was accomplished in four phases and required over 1 year to complete.  The project was to provide mechanical systems in both new construction and building retrofit to this historic Cincinnati theater facility.

The Steam Plant

Dayton, OH

As part of the team who completed this historical renovation, Enviro Control was tasked with maintaining historical architectural features of the building while overcoming significant building deterioration.  Success of this project is evidenced by the honor of receiving the 2018 ABC Excellence in Construction Eagle  Award.


Pins Mechanical

Cincinnati, OH

This project employed value engineering solutions consistent with the building’s designation on the National Register of Historic Places.  The budget to complete this 20,000 square foot project was fixed, and EnvrioControl Systems was able to work with it to finish the comfort systems need for all 5 levels of the building.

Tender Mercy

Dayton, OH

Located in the Avant Garde building, Tender Mercy is a unique, downtown Dayton upscale bar in the basement tenant space.  The scope of the work included the installation of mini split systems, a wall heater, and insulated ductwork. Job challenges include low ceiling heights, limited space for ductwork, and limited space for equipment placement. Tender Mercy’s location in the basement of a fully occupied multi-story building required exterior ductwork, vertically installed up five stories to provide required outside air. The original project put the budget well over the engineer’s projected amount.  Working with the owner and engineer directly, EnviroControl Systems was able to offer value engineering that brought the cost down and put the budget back on track.


Nation Kitchen

Westwood, OH

EnviroControl Systems completed the demo, installed kitchen hoods, installed make-up air, and installed mechanical system for this project.  The scope of work includes the installation of one RTU with smoke detector, one split system which includes furnace with condensate draw, furnace with combustion air vent through side wall, furnace with outside air to exterior window well with motorized damper, condenser with refrigerant lines run to furnace, three remote condensers, two restroom exhaust fan, four electric heaters, thermostat and sensors, air devices, and insulated ductwork. Portions of the project were completed, working alongside a general contractor.  Other portions of the project allowed EnviroControl Systems to demonstrates its ability as a prime contractor, providing and installing make-up air units and kitchen hoods.


Dayton, OH

EnviroControl Systems served as design build contractor for historic reuse of six story office building, including six story building shell and tenant buildout in basement, and 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th floor levels. Scope of the work includes installation of a DOAS (Dedicated Outdoor Air System) unit mounted on the roof with ductwork hung in the shaft and stubs for each floor, restroom exhausts, 67 tons of cooling with a VRF system including 26 heads (cassettes or ducted units), and ductwork to provide the fresh air to each floor.

Formerly known as the J.K. McIntire Building, built in 1912, the building is best known for the upper three floors being used by the Monsanto Company, who tested the biological impact of polonium radiation as a part of the US Military, Manhattan Project.  It will now serve to house Dayton-based technology companies.


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