Kricker Innovation Hub - Shawnee State University
Built in 1894, the Sanford, Varner & Co. factory building was a manufacturing hub in the heart of downtown Portsmouth for generations. Shawnee State University acquired the property to create a center for local entrepreneur development and a showcase for state-of-the-art technology. A359 was selected to lead the renovation of the 100+ year old historic structure. The scope of work includes extensive interior renovations, and modernization of the building envelope, and complete upgrade of building systems.
The facility is designed to support high-tech innovation and collaboration for small business owners and entrepreneurs and features office space, conferencing, a lecture hall, technology lab, and collaborative work areas. The first floor cafe and community space activates Chillicothe Street, opening up the facility for community engagement and gathering opportunities.