The project involves the conversion of an existing old 2-storey school building into a commercial building. The project is owned by Expressions Inc. and is located in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur.

The existing building, with a total floor area of about 2,500 m2, was built using a brick bearing wall system with wooden flooring and metal roofing. As part of the conservation program of the City Council of Vigan, the old façade of the building, composed mainly of brick walls and capiz windows, including the wooden flooring, were retained. The building required rehabilitation and modifications to the existing structural framing system. Several independent 2-storey structures using a structural steel framing system and resting on shallow foundation were constructed to preserve the existing brick walls and roofing.

ACO performed the detailed structural assessment and retrofitting design for the project.