The Lazarus Building Renovation
For more than 150 years, the Lazarus department store was a fixture in downtown Columbus. In 2005, the store closed, but the building was far from being forgotten or abandoned; in fact, big changes have been afoot in order to give the Lazarus Building a second life. Window openings, long since filled in, have been reopened. The brick and terra cotta façade has been restored. Lazarus is looking like its old self again – except it now serves as a mixed-use space for offices, retail, artists’ studios, exhibitions, and restaurants. Plus, it’s “green”. This renovation project is LEED CS Gold certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. In fact, the Lazarus project is the first renovation project in central Ohio to achieve the LEED Gold rating.
A LEED Gold rating means that the Lazarus renovation project achieved a high level of environmental sustainability in site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. More than 11,000 tons of concrete, steel, wood, glass, and other materials were recycled rather than going to a landfill. A “living” roof reduces summer heat buildup and slows water runoff. Low-flow plumbing fixtures, waterless urinals, and energy-efficient systems all reduce utility costs. Nontoxic paint, carpet, adhesives, and sealants help to improve indoor air quality.
Although Lazarus has been reinvented, reminders of its heritage remain. The Lazarus name still graces the façade, and the landmark water tower now serves as an integral part of the rainwater collection system. Lazarus will continue to be part of Columbus’ urban fabric for years to come.
The Lazarus Building is proudly managed by
NAI Ohio Equities