Case Study

Fischer Studio Building

The current community of owners residing in this historic building are strong advocates for its preservation. Their Homeowner’s Association Manager contacted Amento Group to request assistance in identifying and resolving concerns with deteriorating structural and operational building components.

Building Investigation

The foundation of any successful remediation project is accurate, adequate, and timely information. For Amento Group that foundation starts with identifying and understanding the property’s existing conditions. Our investigations provide the information our clients need to make critical capital investment decisions. Because the construction industry is so incredibly diverse, we partner with other consultants to facilitate comprehensive data collection and assessment.

Amento Group’s investigation of the building identified issues with aging mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, windows, exterior doors, roof, and elevators. Structural concerns included deterioration of the primary emergency egress stairway, constructed of cast in place concrete and located on the west elevation, and parapets constructed of unreinforced masonry units.

Construction Management

Armed with a clear understanding of the building’s existing condition, the Fischer Studio Building’s community was able to make informed decisions and prioritize repairs. The west stairs were an immediate concern, as was the aging mechanical and plumbing systems. Our Construction Management services included project manual production, competitive bidding, contractor selection recommendations, contract negotiations, and construction administration through course of construction. As these projects began to wind down, the community asked us to assist them in modernizing their freight elevator, replace the roof and seismically reinforce the parapet.

Built in 1912 with a second phase completed in 1915, Fischer Studio Building was originally conceived as a music studio and recital hall where teachers could both work and live. Com­mercial spaces occupied the first floor, including purveyors of fine musical instruments. In 1979, floors 2-8 of this landmark building were converted to residential condominiums.

Services Provided​

  • Building Investigation
  • Construction Management

[With Amento Group,] we’re on the right path to giving this landmark a new lease on life for its second hundred years.

Megan Kruse
Fischer Studio Building Board Member