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krM Architecture+ 1020 Jackson Street Anderson, Indiana 46016 phone 765.649.8477 fax 765.649.8484

Revive & Rebuild Live, Work, & Play Smarter

What is Revive & Rebuild?

krM Architecture’s Revive & Rebuild theory is centered around the way we live, work, and play in our communities and how our built environment can foster a sense of place. Revive & Rebuild can take on many forms: master planning, adaptive reuse, preservation, transportation planning, green space design, etc. It can focus on one building, a neighborhood, a university campus, or an entire community. Whether it be a revitalization of a historic area or new construction that creates a core where one is missing, Revive & Rebuild is focused on a healthy, sustainable way of life.

Town Center Revitalized city square in the heart of Anderson.

Why is Revive & Rebuild important?

The value of Revive & Rebuild lies in the eye of the beholder. Some feel that places are worth reviving because of their reflection of our heritage, while others feel it is the best way to demonstrate our progression through design and building practices. Community leaders find it a sound economic venture, capitalizing on the uniqueness of historic places to drive tourism. Business minded parties are attracted by tax and other financial incentives of adaptive reuse projects. Others feel that the sustainability that is inherent in reusing existing structures and minimizing our carbon footprint is of greatest importance. Recent studies consistently show that urban populations will continue to grow at a rapid pace. This means that existing cities and towns that plan now to foster neighborhoods that offer safe, attractive places to live, work, and play will flourish. Will yours be one of them? World Health Organization:

Anderson Transit Modern meets nature, connecting trails and public transit.

Master Planning West Side Plan Schematic master plan for a mixed use neighborhood development.

Master planning is an essential component of Revive & Rebuild. More so than examining only the individual parts, master planning is the process of looking at the community as a whole and understanding how it can best serve its inhabitants. The process begins with inventorying, this not only establishes the merits of the community, but also unveils its weaknesses. From here, a plan can be created to better the weaknesses and enhance the merits. Understanding established historic districts and working with them to enhance a sense of place is essential. Returning to traditional mixed-use style buildings offers density, variety, and sustainability in a community. The result of implementing the master plan should be a community that thrives and becomes a legacy to future generations.

Smart Growth is a form of master planning that relies on this overall process of rebuilding our downtown areas. It is a smart use of resources, planning and maintenance. Smart Growth is based on the idea that people want to live in a place where they can have a short commute to work and where they can build relationships with others that live there too - creating a sense of community. -Smarth Growth Online:


krM leads projects that will build upon a city’s urban fabric and will fill voids in a city, adding density and new character that make downtowns so vibrant. As our urban cores continue to grow, there will be an opportunity to re-new energy by creating more dense, stimulating spaces formed by architecture and streetscapes. These projects will be complex and require a merging of innovative design and construction methods with the analysis and understanding of historic structures.

Main Street Streetscape, paving, and traffic design of downtown Main Street.

Big 4 Train Depot Restoring & adapting a train depot into a dance studio.

Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation is another fundamental component of Revive & Rebuild. Harvesting the existing energy of buildings and neighborhoods is the ultimate in sustainability. It also links us to our past with a tangible example of where we were and where we’ve come. Adaptive reuse projects extend a building’s useful life when their original use may no longer be logical or desirable in today’s world. Historic Preservation practices also influence building alterations and additions, as well as infill projects within a historic district or area. Historic districts have statistically proven to retain and raise their values, remain desirable, and see less foreclosure and blight. They are great starting places for the uniqueness and convenience that is sought after by people relocating to urban areas. “...results of these studies are remarkably clear: property values in local historic districts appreciate significantly faster than the market as a whole in the vast majority of cases.” -economist Donovan Rypkema

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Rehabilitation Investment Tax Credit Indiana Historic Rehab. Tax Credit Rehabilitation Tax Deduction Low Income Housing Credit

Amos Library Major addition to the 1950’s building infilling a vacant downtown lot.

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Ball State University, Architecture

University of Oregan, Masters of Architecture

krM Architecture+ has always felt passionate about Revive & Rebuild projects with dozens of feasibility studies, adaptive reuse projects, maintenance plans for historic structures, respectfully designed additions, mixed use buildings, and master planning projects under our belt. Our team understands that each Revive & Rebuild project offers its own set of unique challenges and at the core is focused on the clients goals. We listen, research, and thoughtfully approach every project accordingly- never missing an opportunity to do our best work.

Mike Montgomery, with thirty+ years of architectural experience, feels passionate about the built environment and provides deep insight on how it can enhance our lives.

Kevin Montgomery believes in cultural integration within the built environment, focusing on reuse and infill in existing urban cores as the ultimate in sustainable design.

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