Historic Rehabilitation Design

Motley Design Group is regionally recognized for our expertise in historic preservation.  Clients have found that our knowledge of  local architectural history, of construction materials and techniques, and of the application of modern codes to historic buildings  is indispensable for preservation projects. 

Our team has the capability to provide restoration and rehabilitation design for projects large or small. In addition to design work, we offer experience in an array of related services including historic preservation tax credit application, preservation agency approvals, and energy optimization / LEED certification.

New Construction Design

The Motley Design team has experience in a wide range of new construction projects. With a combined 90 years of experience in varied aspects of architectural practice, we have particular expertise in:

  • Industrial manufacturing

  • Aviation - hangar/FBO

  • Commercial office

  • Housing

  • Tenant improvements

  • Retail centers

  • Museums

  • Performing arts

  • Community centers


Historical Research & Planning

Most historic preservation projects start with a study of one type or another.  We have broad experience in the study of existing buildings and historic districts,  the application of the Secretary of the Interior's Standards, and the exacting identification and documentation requirements of the National Park Service. Many firms claim "historic preservation" experience, but few have the depth of understanding of the historic preservation process necessary to negotiate the various standards and regulations that may apply.

  • Historic Resource Surveys 

  • National Register Nominations

  • Preservation Master Plans

  • Building Analysis Reports

  • HABS/HAER Documentation

Project Feasibility/ Master Planning

We are often called upon at the "front end" of projects to provide guidance on the feasibility of a potential development. We work with you to define your goals in concrete terms  in order to evaluate potential sites or building acquisitions, and in developing preliminary concepts from which cost estimates may be developed. 

Many projects require phased development due to funding limitations or forecast expansion. In these instances, an overall plan of the eventual project development is essential. A well thought-out master plan drastically reduces waste in site or building utilization and provides for a less costly long-term investment. 

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