Sunday, October 19, 2014

Richard E. Dover on Developing the Farragut Building

Richard E. Dover
Recently, Richard E. Dover and Family Pride Corporation arranged the purchase of the Farragut building, one of Knoxville’s most prominent buildings.  

According to the company’s president Richard E. Dover, Family Pride Corporation specializes in purchasing notable or historic buildings in East Tennessee and Georgia and turning them into senior living communities. Although the immediate plans for the company’s recent purchase of the Farragut building have yet to be unveiled, Richard E. Dover and his team are expected to conduct a series of market studies throughout the rest of 2014. After ample research, Family Pride Corporation is expected to make a determination sometime in 2015.

Working to restore and refurbish historic building requires time and energy, reports Richard E. Dover. In order to meet all market needs and historic preservation guidelines, Family Pride Corporation must be diligent about each and every step of the process. Richard E. Dover states that Family Pride Corporation is on track to remain long-term owners of the building.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Richard E. Dover Says Reuse of Existing Structures Is Ecofriendly and Cost-Effective

Richard E. Dover
Green building can protect biodiversity in various indirect ways—by building smaller and by using less energy. According to Richard E. Dover, however, the greenest building is the one that doesn’t get built.

New construction usually damages building sites, explains Richard E. Dover. Of all the environmental problems humans cause—air pollution, water pollution, soil erosion, ozone depletion and climate change—loss of biodiversity is the most permanent. For that reason, less is more, says Richard E. Dover, who prefers not to build at all. The environment can be preserved by restoring sites rather than building new ones, says Richard E. Dover.

Richard E. Dover and Family Pride Corporation make ecofriendly practices a reality by working solely with unused historic structures. The energy stored in old buildings is completely wasted when they are destroyed or torn down, says Richard E. Dover. One way to reuse this energy is to restore and renovate existing buildings and to include features such as reflective roofs, solar power, and super high efficiency heat/air systems. These changes and improvements make buildings restored by Richard E. Dover and Family Pride Corporation the most ecofriendly projects possible.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Richard E. Dover and Team Begin Work on Historic Alexander Inn

Richard E. Dover
Knoxville-based Richard E. Dover has been the general manager of the Family Pride Corporation for 20 years. Throughout his tenure, Richard E. Dover has been involved in numerous complex historic renovation projects, including the Carmichael Inn and Orme Wilson buildings in Knox County, among others. Currently, Mr. Dover is directing the conversion of the Alexander Inn (previously known as the Guest House), which he discusses in the following Q&A.

Q: What is the purpose of the Alexander Inn renovation?

Richard E. Dover: The team at Family Pride Corporation is honored to be preserving the remarkable, historic Alexander Inn. Through historic preservation and conversion, we are creating a senior residence to serve the growing number of older adults in Knoxville, which will provide affordable homes to so many.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Richard E. Dover Announces Historic Preservation Efforts at Alexander Inn

Richard E. Dover
Richard E. Dover and the team at Family Pride Corporation recently began work at the historic Alexander Inn in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Dover’s goal is to preserve as much of the dilapidated building as possible and turn it into a senior living community.

Q: You recently started work at the Alexander Inn. What is the greatest issue with this building?

Richard E. Dover: Water is the greatest enemy of old buildings. We had to demolish the ballroom, kitchen and former dining room since there was evidence of mold and wood rot.

Q: A common problem in old buildings. What is the best way to approach it?

Richard E. Dover: It is important to determine the cause of any problem and to resolve the issue rather than to cover it up with a cursory repair.