Architects Susan Boyle and Rhoda Lawrence established BOLA in 2000. Since that time they have honed a preservation design practice that extends from pre-design and programming through complete architectural and construction administration. In a unique complement to traditional architectural services of master planning and restoration / rehabilitation of historic sites and structures, BOLA also offers historic research, landmark evaluations and nominations, feasibility planning, technical consultation, historic surveys and assessments for SEPA and Section 106 reviews, and assistance with historic preservation tax credit applications.
BOLA is organized as a studio to provide first-hand creativity and commitment to project goals by the involvement of its principals in all project phases. Our design solutions incorporate sustainable strategies as integral components, regardless of codes or mandates, with passive energy systems, salvaged and recycled materials, natural daylighting, and improved energy conservation measures. BOLA is committed to preserving buildings to help sustain communities.
We work with a wide range of clients and institutions, private individuals and developers, non-profit organizations, public agencies and with land-use attorneys and other designers to develop skillful rehabilitation and infill designs, and obtain incentives and funding for historic preservation. We are familiar with preservation regulations and design reviews at the federal, state and local levels. Our award-winning rehabilitation, restoration and adaptive use projects comply with the Secretary of the Interiorís Guidelines and Standards adopted by most landmark boards and commissions.