This lovely courtyard in downtown Columbus was looking its age and causing a lot of water damage to adjacent offices.
TIME FOR A FACELIFT
The courtyard at the Synovus Bank has been there for over thirty years and is a favorite place for those looking to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine during office hours. The owners loved the aesthetics of the courtyard and wanted to keep the same look and feel while addressing the ongoing drainage issues before serious damage occurred. The contractor on the project looked to us for help.
EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN
The design was already there, and our task was to pull up the thirty-year-old pavers one by one and chip off the old mortar. Once all the pavers were removed, we had to address the underlying drainage issues. It was decided to install a pedestal drainage system beneath the pavers to direct water away from the areas beside the buildings and toward the permeable foundation in the center of the courtyard. Due to the age of the pavers, a number of them were damaged while being cleaned — and replacement pavers were no longer available. We worked with an engineer on their team to come up with a new design that kept the spirit and look of the original.
KEY DESIGN FEATURES
AN ARTFUL RESTORATION
REMOVAL OF OLD PAVERS
PEDESTAL DRAINAGE SYSTEM
A BEAUTIFUL AND FUNCTIONAL SPACE
We were able to restore the old courtyard and fix the drainage issues without altering the aesthetics of the area. In this case, the biggest change is the one that can’t be seen.