Working closely with the Dunkin’ Brands franchisee, Phillips | Sekanick Architects was engaged to convert an existing commercial office building into a new Dunkin’ Donuts facility. The project included demolition of a portion of the existing building and a complete redesign of the exterior. Changes in site circulation and building entrances permitted the addition of a new drive-thru, storage area, and additional office space for the owner. The new facility opened in the Fall of 2009, creating new life for the previously under-utilized building.
The reuse of an existing building to incorporate a new use and brand standard was a significant challenge. Low ceiling and overhang heights as well as placement of the building created challenges during the site design phase. The topography of the site also limited vehicular access and was not ADA accessible.
The exterior façade was completely redesigned, and the parapet walls raised to provide the perception of a taller building. The site was regraded to allow drive-thru circulation. ADA accessibility was achieved through new ramps to the main entrance from the accessible parking spaces.