Roebling Lofts

Trenton, NJ

Project Details

138 Loft Apartments

Goal of LEED Gold Certification

Historic Adaptive Reuse

Transit-Oriented Development

Owner: HHG Development

Architect: Clark Caton Hintz

W.S. Cumby, Builders and Construction Managers, along with HHG Development and Clarke Caton Hintz Architects, is currently working on Roebling Lofts, an adaptive reuse project that will transform the abandoned John A. Roebling and Sons’ wire rope manufacturing warehouse into 138 loft apartments.  Roebling Lofts is the first phase of a three phase mixed-use revitalization project, centered in the heart of downtown Trenton, New Jersey. The first and largest phase will transform Building 101, formerly known as the Clark Street Rope Shop, into one- and two-bedroom units. Lofts will range in size from 759 to 1,553 square feet while each unit will have ceiling heights up to 20 feet and windows up to 14 feet. 

With a mission of LEED® Gold certification by the US Green Building Council, sustainable construction materials were selected along with energy-efficient appliances and finishes. The comprehensive renovation entails new, high performance windows, green finishes and materials and state-of-the-art, high-efficiency HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems. W.S. Cumby’s selection as Construction Manager for the project was partly due to their extensive experience in in delivering green and high performance buildings. This project is a model of sustainable development as it’s transit oriented, preserves the historic fabric of the community, captures the embodied energy of a 100 year old structure and provides a healthy and efficient environment for its future residents.

Originally built in 1917, the Clark Street Rope Shop was an ultra-modern facility for its time, with massive windows and a fire resistant design. Roebling specialized in light and medium-gauge wire rope used for aircrafts. Perhaps the company’s most famous customer was Charles Lindbergh for his cross-Atlantic flight in “The Spirit of St. Louis”. In addition, Roebling cables ended up in most of the major suspension bridges built in United States during the first half of the 20th century, including New York City’s Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Manhattan, and George Washington Bridges, as well as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

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