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The Bel Vue Project Team

Michael Malinowski – Applied Architecture, Inc.

Cyrus Youssefi – CFY Development, Inc.

Historic Architect
Michael Malinowski – Applied Architecture, Inc.

Lead Engineer
Mike Baker – Meridian Structural Engineers, Inc.

Consulting Engineer
Chris Schulze – TSD Engineering, Inc.

Paula Boghosian – Historic Environment Consultants

Donald Cox – Historic Environment Consultants

Specialty / Sub-Contractor
Rick Hendrickson – Sacramento Engineering Consultants

Specialty / Sub-Contractor
Matt Tibbs – Foothill Fire Sprinklers & Alarm

Specialty / Sub-Contractor
Jim Marrow – Blackstone Consulting, LLC

Specialty / Sub-Contractor
Jeremiah Ellis – DuctTesters, Inc

Specialty / Sub-Contractor
Jeremy Zorne – Geocon

Specialty / Sub-Contractor
Tim Wong – Wong & Associates

The Bel Vue

The The Bel Vue is the winner of a 2020 Preservation Design Award for Rehabilitation. Award recipients are selected by a jury of top professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, planning, and history, as well as renowned architecture critics and journalists. The Award will be presented on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at an online awards ceremony. Tickets and sponsorship options are available at californiapreservation.org/awards.

About this project

The rehabilitated Bel Vue, now full of residents enjoying affordable apartments, is part of a thriving downtown Sacramento.

Vacant almost ten years, the building caught the attention of a young developer involved in previous Sacramento adaptive-reuse projects (Globe Mills and Warehouse Artist Lofts,) seeing the Bel Vue as relatively simple; and on paper it was…put the building back together, no adaptive-reuse needed!  What made it complicated was significant deterioration, vermin infestation, and structural instability.  Façade rehabilitation was particularly critical, requiring a full retaining wall across the interior transferring structural loads down past the basement level.  When it was determined the building housed the largest bat colony in the region, massive decontamination was required. 

After treating these problems, residential units were upgraded, adding high-efficiency solar and energy systems, accessibility and fire-life safety upgrades, on-site bicycle storage, and refurbished character-defining features, meeting rehabilitation standards and ensuring affordability of the apartments.