Category Archives: Structure Reuse

Century-old glove factory to anchor new, state-of-the-art centre – The Globe and Mail

Matt Bolen of Waterloo-based Edge Architects in front of the century-old Huck Glove factory before construction began.

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“Call it a new generation that doesn’t necessarily place the same value on suburban, shiny new things,” he says, explaining that younger employees want to live and work in communities with a history. “The great thing about these older buildings is they have a story that people can connect to.”

Source: Century-old glove factory to anchor new, state-of-the-art centre – The Globe and Mail

These adaptive reuse hotel suites in Amsterdam are built inside old bridge houses

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The project is an ode to the industrial and cultural heritage of Amsterdam and brings to light the importance of water to the area. The suites, spread all throughout the city, are a love letter to Amsterdam architecture, from Amsterdam School to Modernism.

Source: These adaptive reuse hotel suites in Amsterdam are built inside old bridge houses

Uptown office building reborn as midcentury-inspired apartments – Curbed Chicago

A lounge with a tropical theme including palm leaf patterned paper on the ceiling, wicker lamps, brown leather chairs, and game tables.

The tropical game room features shuffle board, bumper pool, and foosball. Images courtesy of Cedar Street

“Mid-century modernism was a no-brainer as the source of inspiration for design,” Fritz tells Curbed. “Tiki lounges and mid-century go hand in hand. There was a sort of obsession with tropical environments in Hollywood movies of the era, and Hawaii became a state at the end of the era, forever enmeshing American and Polynesian culture.”

Source: Uptown office building reborn as midcentury-inspired apartments – Curbed Chicago

Bordeaux’s WWII submarine base will become the world’s biggest digital art centre – The Spaces

Bordeaux’s WWII submarine base will become the world’s biggest digital art centre

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The structure was first operational between 1941 and 1943, used by the Germans to house U-boats. The converted bunker has already hosted temporary shows and concerts, but now four of its sheds will become permanent exhibition spaces.

Source: Bordeaux’s WWII submarine base will become the world’s biggest digital art centre – The Spaces

A South Philly rowhouse reborn through Craigslist, flea markets, estate sales, salvage yards

A South Philly rowhouse reborn through Craigslist, flea markets, estate sales, salvage yards

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For example, the staircase combines six different woods from 10 different buildings in what Clark calls “an ode to Frank Furness,” the legendary architect who designed the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. “I kind of puzzled it together,” he says.

Source: A South Philly rowhouse reborn through Craigslist, flea markets, estate sales, salvage yards

Wanted: developer for the old Banks School site in South Eastlake and Roebuck Springs. What happens now? | Bham Now

Transforming the old Banks School would be a huge boon to South Eastlake and Roebuck Springs

Side view of part of the old Banks school. Photo via Jeff E. Newman

In plain English, the City’s looking for just the right developer who can buy the property as is and develop it into something fabulous.

Source: Wanted: developer for the old Banks School site in South Eastlake and Roebuck Springs. What happens now? (PHOTOS) | Bham Now

How a rural Wyoming town is repurposing historic assets to spur local entrepreneurship

Because the vacant buildings anchored Main Street, their rehabilitation would signal that things downtown were changing for the better. And by repurposing the former hotel—once a jewel of the area—they could connect Rawlins’s nascent entrepreneurial ecosystem directly to the community’s history and distinct sense of place.

Source: How a rural Wyoming town is repurposing historic assets to spur local entrepreneurship

Decrepit barn in Quebec was converted into stunning modern design by salvaging old materials

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Located in a rural area in Quebec, the old barn was in near ruins until the Montreal-based firm was hired to convert it into a secondary family home. Thankfully, instead of bulldozing the beautiful old building to the ground, the studio managed to salvage nearly every single material to reuse in the new design.

Source: Decrepit barn in Quebec was converted into stunning modern design by salvaging old materials

Upstate NY weekend home stunningly renovated from former ore foundry – Curbed

Exterior of brick house in winter with a gently pitched roof and black stairs and terrace.

Nick Glimenakis

The Clover Hill Foundry is a house with history. Originally built in the late 19th century, the interconnected brick buildings in Somers, New York, were first used as the hub for an ore mining operation. Later in the 1940s, three artists bought the dilapidated buildings, renovating them into standalone homes for their families.

Source: Upstate NY weekend home stunningly renovated from former ore foundry – Curbed

Ruthlessly competitive fuel market creates closed-station blight — and opportunity for reuse

Tara Dugan at her shop, worKS.

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Tara Dugan at her shop, worKS.

Tara Dugan is an exception. In 2016, while searching for a building to open a boutique, she noticed an empty, 70-year-old gas station on a lightly traversed road in Kennett Square, a borough of just over 6,100 people. She saw the potential in an unloved structure, she said, as did three women who repurposed a Sunoco gas station in Malvern to serve gourmet fare.

Source: Ruthlessly competitive fuel market creates closed-station blight — and opportunity for reuse

OP/ED: You never know what you got till it’s gone. – Tillamook County Pioneer

Manzanita celebrates the uniqueness of CARTM and its reuse /recycle leadership and the fact that the City was the first coastal community to ban the use of plastic bags all in the name of environmental stewardship. Reusing building materials and diverting demolition materials from a landfill all contribute to LEED points which are not available for new construction so why did the City decide to not give citizens the opportunity to even have this discussion and prevent approximately 500 dump truck loads of building material from being hauled to the landfill?

Source: OP/ED: You never know what you got till it’s gone. – Tillamook County Pioneer

Chicago Union Station’s iconic power house faces unclear future – Curbed Chicago

A beige brick power plant with twin smoke stacks stands next to a river. Taller skyscrapers stand in the distance.

The Graham, Anderson, Probst and White-designed building occupies a high-profile site along the Chicago River. Getty Images/iStockphoto

“The power house could have a tremendous future if we encourage something creative and clever,” Miller explains. “It takes imagination and a sensitive approach to rethink these kinds of buildings. London’s Tate Modern museum is in a former power house that sat empty for years. The Union Station property isn’t on that same scale, but it’s still an important and rare example of Art Moderne architecture in Chicago.”

Source: Chicago Union Station’s iconic power house faces unclear future – Curbed Chicago

Adaptive Reuse and Restoration of a Historic Building Features 57 Modern Lofts

Adaptive Reuse and Restoration of a Historic Building Features 57 Modern Lofts

The thoughtful restoration and adaptive reuse of the historic structure features 57 oversized, modern lofts market-rate units – boasting more than 280, 8-foot by 10-foot windows to provide each unit with expansive views and an abundance of natural light – of which 39 of the units are affordable.

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Source: Adaptive Reuse and Restoration of a Historic Building Features 57 Modern Lofts

Here’s how adaptive reuse has impacted Valley real estate | AZ Big Media

Above: Lincoln Union, built in 1970, is located at 475 E. Lincoln St. in the Phoenix warehouse district and was a former refrigerated distribution center owned by Pearce Beverage Co., which was the first Coors distributor in the Valley.

Adaptive reuse is making a big impact on commercial real estate and likely will for several years to come. According to the Urban Land Institute’s Emerging Trends in Real Estate (2019), the repurposing trend is likely to continue over the next decade. As real estate professionals, we had better be prepared to adapt.

Source: Here’s how adaptive reuse has impacted Valley real estate | AZ Big Media

5 Hottest Office Design Trends of 2019 | Inc.com

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 “It’s an incredible opportunity for not only historic preservation, but also adaptive reuse,” says Atwood. The Portland, Oregon, office of fintech platform Expensify is housed in the 100-year-old First National Bank. There’s no denying that it’s a 21st-century office, but many of the original design elements remain intact.

Source: 5 Hottest Office Design Trends of 2019 | Inc.com

Rehab/reuse project is warming up for old blanket factory

Stan Bullard
Once the home of a leading national maker of horse blankets, the former National Blanket Building on Cleveland’s West Side could be repurposed as affordably priced apartments for families.

“We’re afraid bricks may fall from it,” he said of the three-story factory dating from 1890 that was expanded until it covers a city block. He’s excited, though, because plans to renovate it to new use are taking shape. “It will mean a lot for the neighborhood in terms of morale because it’s the largest building here and it’s been vacant so long,” León said, “in addition to the economic benefit of it being put back into use.”

Source: Rehab/reuse project is warming up for old blanket factory

A Pathway to Puerto Rico’s Recovery | Business | theweeklyjournal.com

K.C. Conway, economist

K.C. Conway offered the keynote speech at the 15th Anniversary of the Puerto Rico Chapter of the CCIM Institute celebrated in La Concha Hotel in San Juan. >Courtesy CCIM

From the start, Conway pointed out that the OZ and the adaptive reuse of old and unused structures could lead to a much-needed investment push that could help the U.S. territory find its way out of recession.

Source: A Pathway to Puerto Rico’s Recovery | Business | theweeklyjournal.com

See How This Historic Church Got Its Second Life as a Tattoo Shop | Architectural Digest

church turned tattoo parlor interior with giant organ and stained glass windows

 

“What we hadn’t planned on was the opportunity to not only create a dream space, but to participate in preserving a former church that may have otherwise been knocked down to make way for more heinous condo boxes,” says Mike. For the project, he also won the Grand Jury Award for Adaptive Reuse of an existing building by the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia.

Source: See How This Historic Church Got Its Second Life as a Tattoo Shop | Architectural Digest

How much is your building worth in the circular economy, Mr Foster? | Opinion | Architects Journal

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Material passports specify the position, availability and value of the materials in your buildings. They support the circular economy by making it easier to identify and reuse products, tapping into inherent value rather than squandering it and starting from scratch. Instead of ‘crushing buildings into pretty useless rubble,’ as circular economy expert Duncan Baker-Brown of BBM Sustainable Design explains, material passports make beneficial deconstruction, or even keeping a building, more likely.

Source: How much is your building worth in the circular economy, Mr Foster? | Opinion | Architects Journal

Nina Simone’s childhood home is the focus of new preservation campaign – Curbed

Dilapidated house

National Trust for Historic Preservation

After multiple failed preservation attempts, the house has fallen into disrepair—its paint is chipped and its structure in need of work—but thanks to a new crowdfunding effort, it could be restored to its original state.

Source: Nina Simone’s childhood home is the focus of new preservation campaign – Curbed

An Adaptive Reuse Solution in Today’s Overbuilt Environment – GroundBreak Carolinas

Jami Lloyd, Architectural Designer and A M King Blog Author

Scarcity of land; ample building inventory; reinvention of retail; rising construction costs; labor challenges; new regulations; environmental and schedule benefits; and resource-intensive procurement associated with virgin materials builds a strong case for adaptive reuse.

Source: An Adaptive Reuse Solution in Today’s Overbuilt Environment – GroundBreak Carolinas

Rust and Shine: New retail shopping venue in Williamsport | Business | northcentralpa.com

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Now open, Rust and Shine Unique Shopps, 600 Cemetery Street, Williamsport. Carrie Pauling

Rust and Shine is a delightful and surprising collection of vendor shops in 12,000 square feet of space in the former Raytown factory building attached to the Pajama Factory in Williamsport’s west end.

Source: Rust and Shine: New retail shopping venue in Williamsport | Business | northcentralpa.com

Councilman Squilla introduces bills to make it easier to reuse Philadelphia’s historic buildings

Councilman Squilla introduces bills to make it easier to reuse Philadelphia’s historic buildings

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Though still months away from being heard — or even enacted — Squilla’s bills mark significant progress for Philadelphia, which, despite having the second-most number of buildings constructed before 1945 in the U.S., has struggled to encourage developers to restore old and interesting buildings.

Source: Councilman Squilla introduces bills to make it easier to reuse Philadelphia’s historic buildings

‘The house found us’: A peek inside Chicago churches converted to homes, apartments and condos – Chicago Tribune

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Built in 1922, the former Agudas Achim Synagogue in Uptown stopped operating as a religious institution in 2008 — a decade later, it was renovated and turned into chic residential housing units. Synagogue Flats opened in March 2019.- Original Credit: Flats (Flats)

The perks of living in a former religious institution range from the aesthetics to the memorable moments. Currey said she still bumps into people who either went to church at her property as kids or attended weddings there.

Source: ‘The house found us’: A peek inside Chicago churches converted to homes, apartments and condos – Chicago Tribune

The power and possibility of adaptive reuse | Build Design + Construction

Relative to new construction, renovation generally has a higher proportion of labor expense and a lower proportion of material expense. According to the Green Lab report, historic rehabilitation has a 32-year track record of creating two million jobs and generating $90 billion in private investment. These are by no means small numbers, and they reinforce the value of reusing, rather than tearing down, existing buildings.

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New architect sought for SHS boathouse after recent shift to ‘adaptive reuse’ | Stonington | thewesterlysun.com

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A view of the site of the proposed Mystic River Boathouse Park off of Greenmanville Avenue in Mystic.

O’Neill also noted the new direction for the boathouse would satisfy those who feel the project would benefit from a more historical maritime approach. The site falls within the Rossie Velvet Mill Historic District and contains two buildings classified as “contributing resources” to the historic district.

Source: New architect sought for SHS boathouse after recent shift to ‘adaptive reuse’ | Stonington | thewesterlysun.com

In St. Louis, former houses of worship are retooled to meet the city’s needs – Religion News Service

A halfpipe occupies the nave of the former St. Liborius Catholic Church in Old North St. Louis. The church has been converted into SK8 Liborious in recent years. RNS photo by Bill Motchan

St. Liborius Roman Catholic Church in Old North St. Louis, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was once called the “Cathedral of the North Side.” More recently, the massive structure has been appreciated on social media as “the sickest, gnarliest place ever.”

Source: In St. Louis, former houses of worship are retooled to meet the city’s needs – Religion News Service

The Best Repurposed Buildings In Abandoned City Spaces Photos

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We love witnessing the creative repurposing of such abandoned city spaces — factories that become cool lofts and offices, hotels that spring up out of old warehouses, and parks built atop old subway tracks. These reuses support the community and revive the decaying parts of a changing city, making it feel alive and whole again.

Source: The Best Repurposed Buildings In Abandoned City Spaces Photos

Old factories in Charlotte are being turned into restaurants | Charlotte Observer

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Last month, Duke Energy moved about 400 employees into its 83,000 square-foot space at Optimist Hall, a renovated former textile mill near NoDa and Optimist Park. Katherine Peralta KPERALTA@CHARLOTTEOBSERVER.COM

Corporations are moving into rehabbed warehouses for similar reasons restaurants are — for the trendy atmosphere. “Developers want to do a cool project. It’s not just about making money,” Klenk said.

Source: Old factories in Charlotte are being turned into restaurants | Charlotte Observer

Step Inside Galveston’s Most Historic Homes — Preservation Keeps This Island Unique | PaperCity Magazine

Allen and Lulu Cameron House, built 1891, at 1126 Church Street

“There are few places in the country that have our quality and supply of historic properties. It’s what makes the island unique and a treasure for all who visit.”

Source: Step Inside Galveston’s Most Historic Homes — Preservation Keeps This Island Unique | PaperCity Magazine

Nottingham furniture company buys new headquarters | TheBusinessDesk.com

Chris Proctor (FHP), Nick Greene (Beck House Investments), Mark Godsell-Fletcher (Eat Sleep Live), Steve Gillott (FHP)

“This is the kind of period building that would normally be demolished, and we would use the wooden beams for hand crafting our furniture. So we are extremely proud and excited about restoring this building to its former glory and moving in as Eat sleep lives new home.”

Source: Nottingham furniture company buys new headquarters | TheBusinessDesk.com

Distinctive building in West Virginia may not stand much longer – West Virginia Explorer

Among the most remarkable landmarks in West Virginia, the Tyler County Poor farm continues to fall into disrepair.

Though fallen into disrepair, this remarkable landmark in rural Tyler County could still attract new development.

State officials say it belongs on the National Register of Historic Places, and some heritage-tourism experts consider it one of the most iconic structures in the state. But members of the county commission aren’t convinced it can be fixed after years of neglect.

Source: Distinctive building in West Virginia may not stand much longer – West Virginia Explorer

The Hospitality Industry Is Stepping Up to Reuse Historic Buildings

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The developers set their Los Angeles outpost for the NoMad hotel franchise in the former Bank of Italy, also from the 20s.

These buildings are, of course, compelling because you want to keep them alive and give people reasons to come see them, and certainly you can’t build them today; it wouldn’t be cost-effective. The art of it is finding buildings where you have a response that makes sense, because I always say: If you fight with the building, the building is gonna win.

Source: The Hospitality Industry Is Stepping Up to Reuse Historic Buildings

Craft breweries breathe new life into neighborhoods

Great Lakes Brewing Company
Image blending an image from the late 1970s or early 1980s showing the site of the GLBC facility. The current brewpub, in color, is overlaid on top of the original property, which is in black and white. Interestingly, the Lloyd & Keys advertisement on the wall is still visible today, something GLBC’s Pat Conway always references as a “meaningful coincidence.”

But as in many areas across the country, Ohio City is a prime example of craft breweries helping spur redevelopment of various pockets of Northeast Ohio by breathing new life into neighborhoods and repurposing old buildings that have sat empty for years.

Source: Craft breweries breathe new life into neighborhoods

Rock Row: Gravel quarry in Portland, Maine, getting second life as walkable urban village – Curbed

Waterstone Properties Group, will transform the old Blue Rock Quarry near the town of Westbrook, Maine, into a 2-million-square foot mixed use village. Wakefield Beasley & Associates, courtesy of Waterstone Properties Group

Rock Row, a project of Waterstone Properties Group, will transform the old Blue Rock Quarry near the town of Westbrook, Maine, into a 2-million-square foot mixed use village including a temporary amphitheater, retail space, and a 25,000-square-foot beer hall.

Source: Rock Row: Gravel quarry in Portland, Maine, getting second life as walkable urban village – Curbed