The Lawson Building project focused on the adaptive reuse of a 25,000 sq. ft. merchandise warehouse in Downtown Roanoke, Virginia. Today, this community is a historic mixed-use development with 22 moderate income apartments, two studio live/work apartments, and commercial office space. Our design objectives were to refocus and contrast the complex industrial streetscape with a comprehensive natural planting scheme that emphasizes the site’s relationship to the city’s vernacular. Today the Lawson Building East is a stabilized, thriving community.