Fosdick & Hilmer provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering for a new 5,500 square foot restaurant installed in the historic Johnstone Building in downtown Bartlesville, OK. The original structure was erected in 1910 and placed on the Oklahoma Historic Buildings list in 1975. It was gutted by an arsonist fire in 2009 and almost demolished, before being purchased by Clyde Sare with a plan to restore the building.
The space in which the restaurant is housed was once three separate buildings, separated by interior four course brink walls. Piping for plumbing and fire protection had to be routed through limited existing openings in these walls. And due to the location of the building; occupying the full corner of the block from sidewalk to sidewalk, to back alley; HVAC equipment could not be mounted at ground level adjacent to the building. The solution was a series of split systems, with high-efficiency condensing units on the roof of the apartments above and 95.5% AFUE natural gas furnace units on a mezzanine hidden from view in the restaurant space.
With limited exterior space in which to locate the walk-in cooler, exhaust hoods, and grease trap, integrating a commercial kitchen presented another challenge. Careful design allowed all the kitchen requirements to be met without sacrificing the architectural design that makes the Johnstone building a historic Bartlesville landmark.