Category Archives: Structure Reuse

Quake survivors ditch the high-life for the ‘bus life’ | Stuff.co.nz

The stained wood-paneling was Amber Macintosh's idea, and she did sanding and staining for the fit-out.

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The stained wood-paneling was Amber Macintosh’s idea, and she did sanding and staining for the fit-out.

It took another five years, a post-traumatic stress breakdown for Cleverley and post-natal depression for Macintosh, before they acted on their mid-quake epiphany. Cleverley spent 2016 converting an old school bus bought on Trade Me and the pair, along with their children, Jake, 6, and Daisy, 4, swapped corporate office jobs for life on the road.

Source: Quake survivors ditch the high-life for the ‘bus life’ | Stuff.co.nz

RMA Taps New Beer Trends to Combat Urban Blight – Press Release – Digital Journal

Breweries can improve slum and blight in a community by creating an adaptive reuse for derelict/vacant buildings such as old department stores, warehouses, churches, fire stations and train stations. Once the buildings are retrofitted as craft breweries, they have the potential to become a major catalyst for revitalization within a city, attracting additional visitors, job creation and investment.

Source: RMA Taps New Beer Trends to Combat Urban Blight – Press Release – Digital Journal

Developer to Turn Massachusetts Mill Into Affordable Housing| Housing Finance Magazine 

Courtesy of Trinity Financial – Trinity Financial is redeveloping the Van Brodie Mill into affordable housing in Lawrence, Mass. The completed project will contain eight studio apartments, 25 one-, 56 two-, and 13 three-bedroom apartments.

“We are thrilled to begin the transformation of the Van Brodie Mill,” said Trinity Financial project manager Dan Drazen. “Thanks to MassHousing’s investment, this project will breathe new life into a historically significant asset while creating much-needed mixed-income housing in the Gateway City of Lawrence.”

Source: Developer to Turn Massachusetts Mill Into Affordable Housing| Housing Finance Magazine | Adaptive Reuse, Construction Finance, Tom Lyons, Dan Drazen, Rob Vest, Thomas McColgan, Trinity Financial, MassHousing, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, Red Stone Equity Partners, TD Bank, Massachusetts

Fire rated glass opens new doors for adaptive reuse project | Building Design + Construction

Chalkboards from classrooms

The chalkboards from the classrooms were preserved and became part of the living units. (photo from CASTO).

Part of the allure of these reimagined luxury apartments was the fact that it was once a school – so the architects preserved not just the historic structure, but the wood floors of the basketball court, 20 ft. hallways, chalkboards, and more.

Source: Fire rated glass opens new doors for adaptive reuse project | Building Design + Construction

Cool space alert: Wilmington is looking for reuse ideas for Old Fire Station No. 5 – Technical.ly Delaware

(Photo courtesy of City of Wilmington)

“The former fire station is on the historic register and it is surrounded by the beautiful community of Forty Acres,” Purzycki said in a press statement. “Given the character and uniqueness of the properties in the surrounding neighborhood, the City will look for creative uses for the property that take into consideration what’s appropriate for the community. Considering the structure’s historic nature we hope to receive ideas for an adaptive reuse that preserves the building’s exterior.”

Source: Cool space alert: Wilmington is looking for reuse ideas for Old Fire Station No. 5 – Technical.ly Delaware

A London Hotel Transforms & Keeps its Heritage Spirit – Design*Sponge

Paneling was reclaimed by 93ft from a chambers office in Derbyshire. Above, custom lights are designed and manufactured by 93ft, complete with repurposed original light fittings to contrast against the original London stone. Wayfinding light box designed and made by 93ft.

Source: A London Hotel Transforms & Keeps its Heritage Spirit – Design*Sponge

Sheboygan Armory online hype ‘very unusual,’ city official says

(Photo: Gary C. Klein/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)

Officials from both groups gave similar explanations Monday for why they began marketing their proposals long before they’d normally be made public. In short, both wanted to get ahead of the city’s deliberations on the matter and get their ideas before a broad audience, hopefully generating public support for efforts to save a building whose future has long been in question.

Source: Sheboygan Armory online hype ‘very unusual,’ city official says

NPC looking for ‘adaptive reuse’ of power plant | Niagara Falls Review

The old Toronto Power Generating Station along the Niagara Parkway in Niagara Falls is one of the former power-plant buildings that the Niagara Parks Commission is hoping to repurpose. (Bob Tymczyszyn/St. Catharines Standard)

“I’m just wondering what the long-term plan is to try to bring that back to life. It’s falling apart. (It) is really sad to see what is happening there. I think most of the proposals we got years ago, everybody wanted a boutique hotel, and nobody up here wanted a boutique hotel, so I’m wondering if you’re thinking about this, what we’re going to do in the future — if you have some plans.”

Source: NPC looking for ‘adaptive reuse’ of power plant | Niagara Falls Review

Historic home finds restoration thanks to Craigslist ad – UNG Vanguard

Featured photo marks the project’s development on Dec. 15, 2016 (photo by Michelle Correll)

“I’ve had so many wonderful, wonderful folks thank me for saving the house,” Carter said. “The thing that makes me feel the very best is that it makes other people feel good.”

Renovations as of Sept. 15, 2017 (photo by Michelle Correll)

Source: Historic home finds restoration thanks to Craigslist ad – UNG Vanguard

Here are the winners of Architect’s Newspaper’s 2017 Best of Design Awards – Archpaper.com

Green – Civic: Princeton University Embodied Computation Lab (Courtesy The Living)

 

 

First, the Adaptive Reuse category could have been three times as big as it was, because almost every category received some kind of reuse project. From lofts to retail spaces in disused buildings, the amount of old structures made new is astounding and speaks to larger movements in U.S. architecture. Reclaimed spaces are currently stylish and it is generally better for the environment and local culture when we reintegrate existing structures into their cities.

Source: Here are the winners of Architect’s Newspaper’s 2017 Best of Design Awards – Archpaper.com

Video: Never Before Seen Aerial Views of NYC’s Abandoned Sea View Hospital & Staten Island Farm Colony | Untapped Cities

The Sea View Hospital first opened in 1913 and was once the largest and most renown tuberculosis sanatoriums in the country. Having evolved over the past century into a unique blend of active hospital (operated by NYC Health + Hospitals) and adaptive reuse of many buildings, the facility is poised to become the city’s first planned Wellness Community in Staten Island.

Source: Video: Never Before Seen Aerial Views of NYC’s Abandoned Sea View Hospital & Staten Island Farm Colony | Untapped Cities

“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