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400 Granby-Assembly


This historic adaptive reuse project in downtown Norfolk involved the conversion of a 48,726 SF former department store, built in 1910, into a collaborative office space.

The iconic building now serves as a campus for creators and technology innovators in downtown Norfolk. Our team restored the historic building’s inherent character while altering its use to meet modern needs to create a one-of-a-kind office space. The building now boasts dedicated tenant studio spaces, gathering places, casual work areas, and even a rooftop deck, connected by a central stair and light-filled atrium.

One of the several tenant improvements our team completed was for Work Program Architects who wanted to create a bright and collaborative new office space for their employees. The 4,500 SF contemporary build-out is open, informal, comfortable, and adaptable with sit-to-stand workstations, long, communal tables, multiple surfaces for displaying process sketches, flexible furnishings, a lounge an open kitchen, reception area and materials library. The space also includes three quiet rooms to support wellness, virtual meetings, heads down work, and other work-life balance needs.


  • The Associated Builders and Contractors’ Virginia Chapter’s (ABCVA) Honor Award of Excellence in the Commercial/Residential Renovation (Over $1M) category
  • Norfolk Preservation Collective’s Preservation Award of Excellence in the Commercial category
  • Norfolk Preservation Collective’s People’s Choice Award
  • AIA Virginia’s Award of Merit in the Adaptive or Continued Use category;
  •  The Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate’s (HRACRE) Award of Excellence in the Best Renovated or Historic Rehabilitation Project category
  • The Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate’s (HRACRE) Jurors’ Choice award, an honor given to the most notable project overall.
Project Details
Client: Beacon Norfolk, LLC
Location: Norfolk, Virginia
Size: 48,726 SF
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