Category Archives: Structure Reuse

“Upcycling” Assets: Planning for Regenerative Growth – Urban Land Magazine

Barrie Barton of Right Angle Studios speaking at right at a ULI Australia event in Sydney.

“We’re all in this together. So, stop thinking about the people that are just in our direct industry and [think of] all of the brands and all of the incredibly smart, creative people that you can work with to get together with the same objectives. We’re not that different, really. And there are some really exciting opportunities with people outside of the property bubble—to misuse that phrase—not the least of which is our citizens.”

Source: “Upcycling” Assets: Planning for Regenerative Growth – Urban Land Magazine

Mushroom farm? Park? Oh, the possibilities for this Seattle tunnel

File photograph of the Battery Street Tunnel in Seattle during the viaduct’s semiannual inspection in 2009. Credit: Washington State Department of Transportation

A mini design competition, titled Recharge the Battery, brought a rich collection of ideas for reusing the tunnel presented in September at a neighborhood space called Block 41 in Belltown. …Over 40 display boards showed how the underground structure could be put to work. Some of them believe it could be a great place for a park, a thrill ride, or maybe a combination of the two.

Source: Mushroom farm? Park? Oh, the possibilities for this Seattle tunnel

The hottest new condo trend is reusing old buildings | New York Post

A model interior at Six Cortlandt Alley — a five-unit condo developed by Ryan Kaplan that’s set within a former factory. Halstead Property Development Marketing

“We actually have several locations within the building where you can see the original fabric of the property,” says Ryan Kaplan, a partner at Imperial. “We wanted to remind people from the moment they step into the building and up until they get to their apartment that there is a history here that can’t be replicated in a new building.”

Source: The hottest new condo trend is reusing old buildings | New York Post

For $525K, Cabbagetown loft is old, vast, borderline gothic – Curbed Atlanta

Keller Williams Realty Cityside

A pioneering adaptive-reuse property, the 500-unit landmark building was originally a 19th Century cotton mill. Transformed into lofts in the 1990s, it withstood a wicked fire in 1999 and a tornado nine years ago.

Source: For $525K, Cabbagetown loft is old, vast, borderline gothic – Curbed Atlanta

Rusting 1950s cargo ship transformed into a stunning modern floating home | Inhabitat 

Unlike most ship and barge conversions, this transformation eliminated the linear system of spaces and offers several sight lines that run the entire length of the ship and across different floors.

Source: Rusting 1950s cargo ship transformed into a stunning modern floating home | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

A Dylan Thomas snug has been rebuilt in a London pub – close to where the poet romanced his mistress – Wales Online

The bar at the exhibition at Swansea Museum, with creator Rhys Stephens, Glenda Thomas and Jeff Towns.

Author and Dylan Thomas expert Jeff Towns, who wrote book A Pearl of Great Price detailing the year-long fling, said: “It is great to see this bar lives on. It was really well put together and was a huge success in the museum. “It is fantastic too that it has found a home in an area with a connection with Dylan; he and Pearl enjoyed a river cruise along this part of The Thames, so it is perfect piece of synchronicity.

Source: A Dylan Thomas snug has been rebuilt in a London pub – close to where the poet romanced his mistress – Wales Online

A peek inside: Renovation work beginning soon on five 19th-century homes – Insider Louisville

1207 E. Broadway is one of five homes being renovated and sold as affordable houses. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling

All five homes were constructed sometime in the 1890s and are being preserved. Meanwhile, a 260-unit, multimillion-dollar apartment building is under construction in the same block. “We are seeing an entire neighborhood recreated,” said Christy Lee Brown, a local philanthropist who has helped promote historic renovation in Louisville by funding half of a historic preservation revolving loan fund.

Source: A peek inside: Renovation work beginning soon on five 19th-century homes – Insider Louisville

Arkansas architecture students make plans to redesign historic stagecoach stop

PHOTO BY DAVID GOTTSCHALK
Lauren Lambert and Katie Murphy, graduate students at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, review architectural documents Friday in front of the horse barn at Fitzgerald Station in Springdale. Students from the university will come up with plans for the site, which once was a stagecoach stop on the Butterfield Overland Express mail route.

McClure, a native of Pryor, Okla., is an architecture professor and associate dean of the College of the Arts at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He said the Fitzgerald Station fits perfectly with the design studio’s goals for adaptive reuse of historic properties.Smith said the students will come back to Arkansas to present their designs to stakeholders in December.Just having the designs could be helpful for getting grants, McClure said.

Source: Arkansas architecture students make plans to redesign historic stagecoach stop

Decon + Reuse ’17 Speakers invited by the Reclamation Administration

The Reclamation Administration has made a lot of friends over the years.

We are proud to say that over a third of the speakers for Decon + Reuse ’17 Expo: Saving our Past, Building the Future are from our invitations. These presenters have all been featured on the Reclamation Administration going as far back as 2011!

Here is a list of Presenters brought to you by the Reclamation Administration.  You can see them all in Portland, Oregon on September 24th – 27th at the Decon + Reuse ’17 Expo.

James Lindberg

Detroit Audio Lab

Eco3d

Sons of Sawdust

ReCor Door 

Ohio Materials Marketplace

Louise McRae

Viridian Reclaimed Wood

Futel

The Rockford Brand

Miigwech Aki Deconstruction

Pioneer Millworks

Space Monkey Designs/Fantom Foundry

diederick kraaijeveld

Wallace Detroit Guitars

This industrial crane turned home is actually quite nice – Curbed

Canopy & Stars

“It’s taken three years of planning and design, and only three weeks of building, but we got there. What started as a dream has now become a reality,” said Canopy & Stars managing director Tom Dixon. “We hope people enjoy their stays in this amazing building and wake up to the great outdoors feeling they are truly part of this pocket of nature in the city – a real natural high.”

Source: This industrial crane turned home is actually quite nice – Curbed

Redeveloping NYC’s armories: When adaptive reuse and community building bring controversy | 6sqft

The Park Avenue Armory

Today, the well-regarded cultural venue offers season tickets to its cultural events which range from music to architecture and the celebrated Winter Antiques Show. Several recent renovations have kept the historic building in ship shape. But many more armories remain in a state of limbo.

Source: Redeveloping NYC’s armories: When adaptive reuse and community building bring controversy | 6sqft

This Former Slaughterhouse Is A Perfect Example Of The Circular Economy – Industrial

Chuck Sudo/Bisnow Whiner Beer Co. brews its beer at The Plant and opened a taproom whose bar, tables and chairs were made from reclaimed wood.

 

This 94K SF former slaughterhouse was abandoned and slated for demolition when John Edel — through his company Bubbly Dynamics — bought it in 2010 and slowly repurposed the building into a vertical farm and food production business committed to a “circular economy,” a closed loop of recycling and material reuse. Today, the Plant is home to several businesses where the waste stream from one business is repurposed for use by another business elsewhere in the building.

Source: This Former Slaughterhouse Is A Perfect Example Of The Circular Economy – Industrial

Westside Atlanta’s Stockyards project inks co-working space, eyes summer debut – Curbed Atlanta

Photos: Curbed Atlanta

The rail-connected district once served as Atlanta’s “central clearinghouse for livestock through the 1800s and into the 1900s,” and now it’ll cater to bowlers swilling craft beer and millennials who’d rather not work from home.

Source: Westside Atlanta’s Stockyards project inks co-working space, eyes summer debut – Curbed Atlanta

Next for Detroit? Find uses for 900 vacant manufacturing sites

The Packard Plant’s south water tower stands above the crumbling complex in November 2010, only a few months before it, too, was brought down by scrappers. (Photo: Brian Kaufman, Detroit Free Press)

“Many of these buildings abut residential neighborhoods in some of the city’s most disadvantaged areas,” the report says. “Without a strategic approach to repurposing these properties, they will remain fallow for years to come, posing threats to public health and safety, and undermining Detroit’s recovery.”

Source: Next for Detroit? Find uses for 900 vacant manufacturing sites

Frank Jones Brewery redo saves architectural treasures

Mat Ouellette, assistant project manager for Chinburg Properties, shows an orginal low ceiling area that still remains, before a new level is built, at the Frank Jones Brew Yard in Portsmouth. [Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline]

“The quality is amazing,” said Spitzer, about the wood planks with aged patina. Spitzer said a local craftsman will use some of the timbers to make club room fixtures and tables, mill some for shelving and use other old planks for finish work. More of the pine timbers will be reused for counter tops and furniture, he said.

Source: Frank Jones Brewery redo saves architectural treasures

A salvager’s decades-long dream to build a museum of architectural artifacts – Curbed

Preserving part of the the Rivoli Theater in St. Louis Courtesy National Building Arts Center

“I just love old buildings,” Giles said. “It’s a big collection, without a doubt, the largest that I’m aware of, and the idea was to develop it as a comprehensive study collection. The idea has grown into a collection of pieces from all over the country. The history here is a national history.”

Source: A salvager’s decades-long dream to build a museum of architectural artifacts – Curbed

Historic firehouse to hot hotel: Repurposed buildings revel in their colorful pasts – The Washington Post

A rendering of the planned exterior of the Detroit Foundation Hotel inside Detroit’s former Fire Department headquarters. (Vista (Beijing) Digital Technology Co., Ltd. )

“So many places are the same that people crave difference,” Poris says. “New York is like a mall now with the same stores you find at Somerset Collection [in Troy, Mich.], Milan or Hong Kong.”

Source: Historic firehouse to hot hotel: Repurposed buildings revel in their colorful pasts – The Washington Post

A former whiskey bottling factory becomes Philadelphia’s latest hip hotel and bar.

Photography by Matthew Williams.

Owner and designer Method Hospitality was careful to preserve much of the landmark building’s industrial character while at the same time embracing the Fishtown’s new creative vibe.

Source: A former whiskey bottling factory becomes Philadelphia’s latest hip hotel and bar.

Spend a Luxury Night in a Converted Pigsty (North Yorkshire) – Urban Ghosts Media

(Image: John Lindsay; converted pigsty in North Yorkshire, England)

According to the Landmark Trust, which restored the now converted pigsty overlooking Robin Hood’s Bay, in North Yorkshire, to its former glory: “Once really a sty, Squire Barry of Fyling Hall is said to have been inspired by the classical architecture he had seen in the Mediterranean during his travels in the 1880s when building this home for his pigs.”

Source: Spend a Luxury Night in a Converted Pigsty (North Yorkshire) – Urban Ghosts Media

Dwell – 10 Inspirational Examples of Adaptive Reuse

“A high-performance, heavily tinted glass was used within the skylights’ double-glazed units to reduce summer heat,” Simpson says. Autex Industries provided the insulation for the year’s cooler months, and the addition of a second, more geometric ceiling hides modern-day electrical and mechanical cords. Photo: Shannon McGrath

The following 10 structures were fortunate enough to fall into visionary hands and are enjoying a pretty fabulous second shot at life.

Source: Dwell – 10 Inspirational Examples of Adaptive Reuse

Couple powers newly converted home on wheels with bus-length solar roof | Inhabitat

They sold their house and converted the school bus into a permanent home on wheels with a standing workspace, kitchen, king-sized bed, bathroom with a composting toilet and lots of storage space.

Arkansas natives Zack and Annie (and dog Lola) are the latest digital nomads to reject the grind of 9-5 life. The couple recently converted a former school bus into an ultra-modern solar-powered mobile home on wheels, and now they’re living the dream.

Source: Couple powers newly converted home on wheels with bus-length solar roof | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

105-year-old East Kensington rectory gets townhome treatment – Curbed Philly

Red Oak Development added a third story to the two-story, stone rectory.

“We’ve worked on the Parish House for about a year, painstakingly restoring it,” said Anthony Giacobbe of Red Oak Development. “And we’re using as much as we can from the original church and rectory and putting it back into the project.”

Source: 105-year-old East Kensington rectory gets townhome treatment – Curbed Philly

Adaptive Reuse Projects Provide Substantial Returns – D Magazine

“The conversion of a property from industrial or retail use to creative office has become an increasingly popular value-add strategy for investors,” Transwestern’s Michael Soto, director of research in Southern California and co-author of the report, said in a statement. “Two trends are fueling demand for this type of differentiated office product: One, technology, advertising, media and other companies trying to attract millennials are interested in the characteristic features of creative office space—open floor plans, natural lighting, common spaces and amenities such as cafés and rec rooms. And two, tenants are returning to cities, where they can take advantage of live/work/play environments.”

Source: Adaptive Reuse Projects Provide Substantial Returns – D Magazine

Houston developers talk historic renovations in Heights, Washington, Sugar Land – Houston Business Journal

Unsurprisingly, Houston’s most popular areas for adaptive reuse projects – East Downtown, the Heights, Midtown – also contain a majority of the city’s historic buildings. Houston’s Baker Katz and Braun Enterprises recently scooped up a historic 17,000-square-foot building at 1919 Washington Ave.

Source: Houston developers talk historic renovations in Heights, Washington, Sugar Land – Houston Business Journal

Reuse vs. Demolition: Debate Wages Over Elmwood-Forest Intersection

Ryan says the properties the company wants to tear down are salvageable.     “Remember, these buildings have been held for 30 years by three different sets of millionaire developers,” Ryan said. “They’ve never been owned by people who couldn’t afford to do repairs, or absentee landlords.”

Source: Reuse vs. Demolition: Debate Wages Over Elmwood-Forest Intersection

Adaptive Reuse Project Will Transform Historic Newark Factory Into Residences | Jersey Digs

 

Madeline Ruiz-Robinson and Dave Robinson of SUAD Studio for Urban Architecture & Design are the project’s architect. They applied in February to add a new four-story addition to the building within the courtyard, and to keep one of the courtyard structures previously slated to be demolished as part of the project. The proposal was approved with conditions in March by the Newark Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission. In addition, new insulated windows will replicate the existing style and material of the original units, according to commission records.

Source: Adaptive Reuse Project Will Transform Historic Newark Factory Into Residences | Jersey Digs

How historic rooms get moved and reused – Curbed

The dining room at the White Swan hotel. The paneling used to be in the First Class lounge of the RMS Olympic. Courtesy of Creative Commons.

“Paneling is just a skin that fits onto the architectural structure of the building, not usually a fundamental part of the building” adds Goss. “It’s like a giant 3D puzzle, and if it can be put together, it can be taken apart.”

Source: How historic rooms get moved and reused – Curbed

Adaptive reuse plan for St. Boniface to break cover in March, break ground this summer – Curbed Chicago

Flickr Creative Commons/Devin Hunter

Last night, Noble Square neighbors came together for a public meeting to discuss an ambitious plan to convert St. Boniface Catholic Church into new residences and a campus for the non-profit Chicago Academy of Music (CAM). After sitting vacant for 26 years and facing demolition, the 11th hour deal to save the 1902 Henry Schlacks-designed structure from the wrecking ball was considered one of 2016’s biggest wins for Chicago architectural preservation.

Source: Adaptive reuse plan for St. Boniface to break cover in March, break ground this summer – Curbed Chicago

Moovel’s new Portland office restores 125-year-old fixture in Old Town Chinatown | OregonLive.com

A fireplace in the curved wall of the central hub welcomes visitors at Moovel headquarters in Portland’s Old Town Chinatown on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. Moovel, a tech subsidiary of Daimler, opened its headquarters in the restored Overland Warehouse. (John Rudoff/For The Oregonian/OregonLive)

Moovel’s arrival in the neighborhood is the latest example of how Portland’s booming tech scene is transforming the city’s core. Portland’s Urban Development Partners spent more than a year, and upwards of $3.5 million, rehabilitating the Overland. Urban Development Partners project manager Joren Bass said the investment reflects ongoing revitalization in Old Town Chinatown and the historic nature of the Overland itself. “You can’t create space like that in a new building. It’s just impossible,” Bass said. “You can’t find timber like that anymore.” Moovel chief operating officer Sadhana Shenoy said the goal was to build community among employees, drawing on the building’s unique history.

Source: Moovel’s new Portland office restores 125-year-old fixture in Old Town Chinatown | OregonLive.com

Houston reservoir reborn as public space, canvas for art – Houston Chronicle

In this Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, photo, the exhibition of an abstract-video installation called “Rain” by Venezuelan artist Magdalena Fernández is projected inside a former water reservoir dubbed the “Cistern”.

It’s the latest example of efforts by U.S. cities — including Atlanta; Buffalo, New York; Philadelphia; San Francisco; and Washington, D.C. — to repurpose abandoned and dilapidated pieces of infrastructure as public spaces. Urban planners see the preservation of historic buildings and other structures as essential in creating the kinds of communities people want to live in, said Stephanie Meeks, president and CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Source: Houston reservoir reborn as public space, canvas for art – Houston Chronicle

A Modernist Houston Post Office Is Reborn as a Colossal Event Venue

The interior of the Barbara Jordan Post Office in Houston (courtesy Day for Night)

Similar to the Buffalo Bayou cistern, Day for Night will work with its industrial setting that stretches more than 1.5 million square feet. Musicians like Blood Orange, John Carpenter (yes, the film director), and Aphex Twin will take over the surrounding parking lots; inside, among the broad halls and matrix of columns, 14 artists are creating interactive art installations, such as Shoplifter’s hairy “Ghostbeat” sculptures and witchy “Crimson Lotus” light work by Damien Echols. On one floor, “Björk Digital” by the Icelandic singer will fill five rooms with digital and video work, including “Black Lake” which premiered at her recent exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

Barbara Jordan Post Office (courtesy Day for Night)

Source: A Modernist Houston Post Office Is Reborn as a Colossal Event Venue

Top 3D-scanning firm selected for Scottsdale renovation project | Scottsdale Independent

Eco3d performs 2D and 3D structural scans on Meetinghouse 3080 in Scottsdale.

Eco3d was able to accurately capture measurements of the church interior, a crucial factor of the building conversion due to the unique shape and construction of many of the rooms, eliminating costly human error and inefficiencies that exist with traditional surveying methods, the release stated. “We are proud to be selected by Structured Real Estate to work on this truly unique, adaptive reuse project. Churches often have some of the most intricate designs so manual surveying can be quite difficult and often leads to backtracking later in the project to fix mistakes,” said Jim Kennelly, Eco3d project manager, in the release. “Our capabilities at Eco3d enable us to eliminate these inefficiencies and provide a more comprehensive measurement of the structure, in less time, allowing developers to use their precious resources in other areas. We are pleased with the results and to once again complete a great project within our home state of Arizona, and look forward to seeing Meetinghouse at 3080 once completed.”

Source: Top 3D-scanning firm selected for Scottsdale renovation project | Scottsdale Independent

Abandoned Mexico City building gets new life as a vibrant mixed-use space – Curbed

Cadaval & Solà-Morales

According to a statement, the architects explained that the project was meant to be an example of “essential architecture,” “highlighting what is indispensable and removing what is not necessary. The project seeks for a harmonic relationship between the new and the old.”

Cadaval & Solà-Morales

Source: Abandoned Mexico City building gets new life as a vibrant mixed-use space – Curbed

Repair or Replace: the Army’s Analysis Dispels Age-Old Myths (Wooden Windows)

Link to the Study

The outcome surprised many, as it revealed replacement does not necessarily have an advantage from a cost or environmental perspective. Having accurate data, FBRC proposed a creative solution, which was acceptable to consulting parties. Over the next 10 years, FBRC will repair and replace windows in the historic housing. The resulting mix of refurbished historic windows and new replacements will improve the quality of life for residents on Fort Belvoir while maintaining the historic character of the Fort Belvoir Historic District to the highest degree.

From fuel to food: adaptive reuse converts a closed gas station in Princeton, N.J., to a Nomad pizza | Building Design + Construction

The gas station’s original design (above) harkens back to the Modernist movement of the 1930s. Its adaptive reuse as a pizzeria (below) required closing the service bays and garage doors in the rear with a facade of cedar and storefront glazing. Images: Michael Slack, courtesy of JZA+D

Source: From fuel to food: adaptive reuse converts a closed gas station in Princeton, N.J., to a Nomad pizza | Building Design + Construction

Historical Preservation is Essential for Green Building

the-past-and-future-cityAt the same time, roughly one billion square feet of buildings are demolished and replaced every year in the United States. According to an analysis by the Brookings Institution, the country is in the midst of demolishing and replacing 82 billion square feet of existing space — nearly a quarter of the existing building stock — by 2030.

That is an astonishing amount of waste. In fact, the energy used to demolish and rebuild that much space could power the entire state of California for a decade! According to a formula produced for the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, about 80 billion British thermal units (Btus) of energy are embodied in a typical 50,000-square-foot commercial building.

Source: Historical Preservation is Essential for Green Building

How to Recycle a Building | Atlas Obscura

The Art Deco Carbide & Carbon building in Chicago..

Ward explained how many of the city’s storied buildings, from the Chicago Motor Club to the old Chicago Public Library, still exist today with many of their original features and design elements preserved—even though the structures themselves have been renovated for new purposes.

Source: How to Recycle a Building | Atlas Obscura

Family Home in an Aircraft Carrier – 1800s Cottage Located in an Industrial Carrier

But Kalkin wasn’t going to give up on his dream to live in a unique house, instead, he decided to encase the home inside a 27-foot-high and 33-foot-wide aircraft hangar, which provided more space and helped preserve the original clapboard cottage.

Source: Family Home in an Aircraft Carrier – 1800s Cottage Located in an Industrial Carrier

Old barns are turning into hot decorating product | netnebraska.org

Mike Hudson, standing in the hayloft of his current barn project, says he will deconstruct about 10-12 barns in the next year. He sells the reclaimed wood at his lumberyard in Elbert, Colorado. (Photo by Kristofor Husted, Harvest Public Media)

“Most people want those accent pieces,” he says. “They want to have those pretty beams in the ceiling or they want to have the barn wood walls, or the tables and the furniture.” A few years ago, many farmers didn’t understand how valuable their old barns were and might have been swindled, Bowe says, but today they know the capital they’re sitting on. He says we’re in the midst of a barn wood frenzy right now, but it still likely has a shelf life. Indeed, there are only so many weathered barns in the U.S.

Source: Old barns are turning into hot decorating product | netnebraska.org

Daylighting, demolition and disaster resilience: BRE Trust is making headway on green building research

Building Research Establishment Trust is working on several research projects focused on mitigation and resilience to climate change

Another research project last year also looked at the impacts of deconstruction – or, essentially, demolishing buildings – on the circular economy, as “effectively dealing with buildings at the end of their life has the potential to unlock significant economic value”, according to the Trust. Construction and the built environment is the single biggest user of materials and generator of waste in the UK economy, but the value that can be extracted from deconstruction is very much dependent on how buildings have been designed and built.

Source: Daylighting, demolition and disaster resilience: BRE Trust is making headway on green building research

New state program could help save North Jersey’s historical buildings – NJ State News – NorthJersey.com

“The millennial generation is rejecting the cookie-cutter suburbia of manicured lawns and McMansions and are going for things that are more quirky,” said Tim Adriance, past president of the Bergen County Historical Society. “They are looking for something more solid with history that has connection to something.”

Source: New state program could help save North Jersey’s historical buildings – NJ State News – NorthJersey.com

A barn abode

Greenwich, Conneticut barn home.

“From the 1700s, it used to be that every farm had a barn before American agriculture began becoming mechanized in the 19th century,” Durkin says. “For 20 years, our company has been disassembling these old barns — before they fall down — and reassembling these old barns as someone’s new home.”

Source: A barn abode