What is a ‘Vanilla Shell’? – New Construction of Commercial Buildings


Vanilla Shell – is an architectural expression referring to a building that is completed on the exterior only, with the possible exception of having an interior core. The building is designed to be generic to allow for a wide latitude in possible tenants. Should the building be constructed in a zone that will not allow the use of an occupancy group, options exist that will allow the tenant to pursue a “Minor Use Permit” (MUP) or a “Conditional Use Permit” (CUP) and conceivably change the zoning to allow for the tenant to occupy the space. It should be noted that both the MUP and the CUP add time and expense to the process, and each should be undertaken at the earliest possible stage in the project.

Projects that the Architect has had regarding vanilla shell structures include a variety of structural types, including tilt-up buildings, wood frame construction and concrete block construction.

The Architect has also had experience in completing vanilla shell construction for office buildings and retail uses, including vanilla shell construction that was meant for Medical offices and retail spaces.

So, the Architect has experience in designing vanilla shell / new construction buildings. Contact Us today for more information, or to set up an appointment to see some of his work and learn more about how he can help you to save time, save money, and help you get the results you want.

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