Development Services

it takes more than just good design to make a project work.

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Understanding the realities of development and the tools available unlocks potential. We have experience helping owners navigate:

Financial Feasibility

We will work with you to identify what funding sources are available, match
potential local, state, and federal incentives applicable to your project, run the
numbers based on market rents, and determine what the return on investment
potential is for your project concept.

Historic Tax Credit Consulting

With expertise in both Federal and State Historic Tax Credit Applications, we can help you navigate the requirements and application process. We’ve successfully helped complete nominations and secure designation on the National Register of Historic Places and are powerful advocates at the State and Federal levels for legislation that supports these critical development tools.

Networking and Connections

We have spent decades building relationships in this industry and we connect
investors, lenders, and tenants to create the partnerships that make development projects work.

related projects

Design rendering - Sterling Riverfront

Sterling Riverfront

Sterling, IL

Architecture, Urban Planning, Development Services

The Lawrence Brothers and Stanley-National complexes are former manufacturing buildings that have shaped the southern gateway to Sterling, Illinois for over 100 years. The success of each enterprise was manifested in the sheer size of their buildings; put together, the complexes have over 688,000 square feet of space.

Design drawings - Keefer House

Keefer Hotel

Hillsdale, MI

Architecture, Development Services

The historic Keefer Hotel was a social center for Hillsdale and many public and private functions were held there after its construction in 1864. Several well-known guests graced the halls of the hotel including Annie Oakley, John Ringling, and “Buffalo Bill” Cody. To date, the building serves as one of the most historically intact buildings Studio GWA has had the pleasure to work on.

Historic preservation and design - Prairie Street Brewhouse deck

Prairie Street Brewhouse

Rockford, IL

Architecture, Development Services

Located on the east bank of the Rock River, the Prairie Street Brewhouse has become synonymous with the revitalization of downtown Rockford. Originally the home of the Peacock Brewery, this landmark building is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the largest historic preservation projects in the region.