Lapiner Building

Project Specifications
Description:Restoration, 21,000 SF
Location:Mason City, IA

In 2015, the principals of Bergland + Cram Architects were discussing growth limitation in the firm’s existing office space, which was located in a residential neighborhood on the edge of town. At about the same time, a large building in downtown Mason City came on the market. The Lapiner building was built in 1925 and named for Nate Lapiner, head of the car dealership and service station for which the building was originally used. Within a very short time of looking at the property, the firm decided to solidify its commitment to growth and employee retention by diving into a large rehabilitation project. B+C worked through interior and exterior design parameters and applied for state and federal historic tax credits to help fund the project. The building hosts two other commercial tenants, in addition to B+C’s new headquarters.