Lancaster Central Market Renovations
Lancaster, PA

Lancaster Central MarketWBCM provided structural engineering and architectural services for the renovations of the Lancaster Central Market. The Central Market is the oldest farmer’s market in the United States. It is housed in an 1889 Romanesque Revival build designed by James H. Warner that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 20,540 square-foot market houses over 60 vendor stands with vendors offering a wide variety of foods and gift items.

WBCM designed the addition of a 2,000 square-foot basement and a second floor mezzanine to the structure. The addition of the basement involved underpinning and reinforcing the existing loose-laid stone foundation walls and extending the four-story southeast tower walls to the basement for stairway access. The basement included new mechanical and electrical systems as well as vendor storage closets and cold storage.

The second-floor mezzanine was also designed adjacent to the southeast tower. The mezzanine was designed to hold an employee lounge area and an observation platform that overlooks the market floor.

WBCM also evaluated the timber truss roof system for conformance with current building code requirements as part of the restoration of the building’s slate roof.

WBCM assisted the mechanical and electrical contractors with support and stabilization of a new pendant lighting system and suspended fire protection system.

The market remained operational during the entire construction period.

  • Owner:
    City of Lancaster
  • Size:
    20,540 SF
  • Total Construction Cost:
    $7 million
  • WBCM Services:
    Structural Engineering
    Historic Preservation