18 Oct Architect says Dayton region is unmatched compared to other major Ohio cities’ real estate markets
Posted at 14:57h
by Valerie Post
A look at Revival Design Collective’s new headquarters in Coldwater. The $1 million project is anticipated for completion and move in by the start of 2023.
What is the state of architecture moving into the tail end of 2022?
“Revival is experiencing increased demand in the renovation sector as commercial developers capitalize on tax credit incentives and the growing demand for downtown living and amenities. Many homeowners are opting to renovate instead of building new, as interest rates continue to rise, building material costs are still inflated, and available lots are scarce and expensive.”
“The biggest challenge we see heading into the end of 2022 is finding a contractor. The workforce shortage has stalled several of our clients’ projects this year, with no real sign of improvement as we look ahead at new projects kicking off in 2023. Despite this challenge, we are having so much fun with our downtown revitalization and home improvement projects. Bringing buildings back to life is our love language.”
Additionally, Lange noted the industry shift toward a more transparent, client-centered and collaborative approach in both design and builds. She said the increased demand for hospitality means clients are choosing and paying premiums for the team that will provide the best experience.
How does the state of the industry compare to its standing earlier this year and last year?
“Product availability has definitely improved this year. In 2021, we were seeing up to 40-week lead times on appliances, light fixtures, and furniture.”
“In terms of design, we have felt a shift during 2022 — clients are more concerned with energy efficiency, sustainability, and hospitality. Workplaces are requesting loads of natural light, dedicated rooms for mothers, and the incorporation of natural elements and materials throughout the office. Homeowners, likely taking fewer vacations than they did pre-COVID, are calling on us to design resort-style backyards complete with a pool, cabana, and decked-out outdoor living spaces.”
What are some well-known projects you’d like to note that Revival has completed or is currently working on?
Lange noted the following projects completed amid recent growth:
“The timing could not be better for development in the Dayton region. The building stock is solid; real estate is still far more affordable in this region than in the three C’s (Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland), and the low cost of living is extremely attractive.”
Schulte Wellness – This 2022 Tipp City project, sitting in about 8,200 square feet of space, is a mixed-use facility designed for a local physician. The lobby design features an indoor waterfall, living moss wall as well as facility needs such as patient care rooms, meeting rooms, offices, a workout facility and more.
Build CoWork + Space – Completed in 2021, the 8,500-square-foot space located in downtown Bellefontaine is a collaborative work community designed for small businesses and solopreneurs to grow and flourish.
Flying Pepper Cantina – The 1,700-square-foot space was completed in 2020 for a Mexican food truck business turned brick-and-mortar. The completed space in Bellefontaine features a tequila bar and private dining space, showcasing a collection of Otomi art pieces.
Revival has been heavily involved in renovation projects in the downtown Bellefontaine area, including the recent color block project DBJ reported on earlier this summer.
“We are currently working on several exciting projects with developers in Celina, Van Wert, Lima, Delphos, Bellefontaine, Hilliard, and Tipp City.”
Revival has grown exponentially between 2020 and 2021. What are your 2022 projections and what do you attribute growth to?
“Our team has tripled since 2020 and our revenues have grown 450%. These numbers can be attributed to us growing in parallel with our loyal clientele. As they expand their businesses, we have more opportunities for collaboration.”
“The addition of a talented branding + graphic design department has also set us apart from the competition, as developers and entrepreneurs can now work with one team of rockstars on their brand concept design, architectural and interior design, custom signage and graphic design, and interior styling of their spaces.”
Lange anticipates hiring an additional 10 employees in 2023 with the expansion of the firm’s project management, design and production teams at their Coldwater and Bellefontaine studio locations. Detailing the latest at Revival: Renovation of a new headquarters in downtown Coldwater Lange and her husband took a leap at the forefront of 2022, purchasing a two-story building in the heart of downtown Coldwater. The 12,000-square-foot 1937 building’s renovation has not been smooth sailing with a number of small disasters such as a fire resulting in demolition of a warehouse and heavy wind which rolled back the roofing.
“While we are still recovering from the setbacks, our eyes are most definitely on the prize with a goal to be moved in by the first of the year.”
Upon completion, Lange said the firm will have invested about $1 million in the property.
What else is ahead for Revival in the remainder of 2022 and beyond?
“Looking ahead at the remainder of 2022 and into 2023, I am excited to expand our interior design, graphic design, and 3D visualization departments and build out a new sustainability team to meet the growing demand for our creative services. With our recently earned EDGE certification, we aim to establish meaningful relationships with larger design firms and design-build contractors in the higher education, healthcare, and civic sectors.”