The Laura Trio is a collection of three historic structures in downtown Jacksonville which are designated as the most significant un-restored historic structures in the city. DHA is currently in Schematic Design on a mixed-use development strategy to restore the buildings and add a new 8-story hotel wing. The program includes a new 146 key Courtyard Marriott hotel as well as a restaurant and grocer on the ground level and rooftop bar on the new addition. Additionally, DHA is designing a 695-space parking structure which will provide parking for the redevelopment of the Laura Trio as well as the historic Barnett Building.
To deal with the challenge of renovating three individual structures each with unique floor elevations, DHA’s design includes a vertical circulation core tucked into the rear of the three structures, which provides elevators and stairs to connect to the various floor elevations in an efficient and accessible manner.
The project is being funded partially through historic tax credits. As such, DHA’s services include collaborating with a historic consultant to navigate the historic review process required by the Local, State, and Federal review agencies.