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Innovation and tech are transforming the buildings we learn in

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An illustration of how the new school could look once finished.
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“Whatever you are going to construct, from an environmental perspective, your number one priority is to ensure your designers are focused on enabling you to build something that is energy efficient, uses materials that have a low embodied carbon and can be easily maintained, re-purposed and ultimately, after a long and useful lifetime, be recycled,” Dominic Burbridge, associate director of the Carbon Trust, said in a statement sent to CNBC.com.

Source: Innovation and tech are transforming the buildings we learn in

A Historic Portland Building Turns Over a New Leaf—as a Stylish Hostel – Metropolis

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Courtesy Mikael Lundblad

“I think this is one of the last buildings from that era,” says Sean O’Connor, the general manager and partner of KEX Portland. “So it’s nice to be able to preserve the original history and character of that Eastside industrial area.”

Source: A Historic Portland Building Turns Over a New Leaf—as a Stylish Hostel – Metropolis

Coal-fired power plants finding new uses as data centers, clean energy hubs | Energy News Network

The former Ottawa Street Power Station in Lansing, Michgian, stopped producing power in 1992 and finally reopened in 2011 as the headquarters for an insurance company, the Accident Fund, now called the AF Group.

“One of the really cool things about retired coal-fired plants is they have built-in infrastructure and components that can be repurposed for new industry,” said John Kowalik, director of marketing and public relations for Environmental Liability Transfer. “Like access to rail, ports and waterways … and good highway transportation. Typically the grids can be reused for another purpose too, like solar or wind. There’s a direct grid connection at the power plant.”

Source: Coal-fired power plants finding new uses as data centers, clean energy hubs | Energy News Network

Bob Verrier Champions Historic Renovation and Adaptive Reuse

Bob Verrier

Photo: The Architectural Team’s Bob Verrier has designed more than 50 award-winning historic buildings and preserved the architectural heritage of hundreds of historic structures across the country.

“The idea of restoring and bringing a building back to usefulness is very rewarding,” he says. “A new building is a new building, but restoring a historic building, it gives more energy. It’s like taking something that’s not being used, something that was very functional at one time, and now you bring it back to life. That’s what you’re doing: breathing new life into old bones.”

Source: Bob Verrier Champions Historic Renovation and Adaptive Reuse

Adaptive Reuse is the Future of Cannabis Retail | GlobeSt

Buildings that previously housed banks tend to be popular as they already have secure structures that comply with the cannabis industry’s unique security provisions – including vaults, safes, blocked-off areas and advanced security systems – in turn requiring less of an investment from the operator to implement these requirements.

Source: Adaptive Reuse is the Future of Cannabis Retail | GlobeSt

Tallest timber adaptive reuse building set to open | ArchitectureAU

55 Southbank Boulevard by Bates Smart.

55 Southbank Boulevard by Bates Smart. Image: Hume Partners Property

Bates Smart designed a 10 storey structure made from engineered timber that sits top of an existing office building in Melbourne’s Southbank. The Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne Southbank is set to open later in 2020.

Source: Tallest timber adaptive reuse building set to open | ArchitectureAU

Couple creates stylish home from warehouse

The living room of Cathy Ehrler and Donald Thurman’s converted warehouse home is light and open, with high ceilings and windows lining the walls.

“I’m really into reuse and recycling — and I’ve been that way all my life — and one of the reasons that I loved this space is that we are reusing space in an old building,” said Cathy, “and we used as much as the original as possible.”

Source: Couple creates stylish home from warehouse

Meet the ‘Renovators’: These people are breathing new life into Buffalo’s past – The Buffalo News

PUSH Buffalo Executive Director Rahwa Ghirmatzion, center, with PUSH members and community advocates Luz Velez, left, and Providencia Carrion at the Wash Project. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

She now oversees the organization’s programs and operations, which include housing construction, solar installation, job training and a youth center, in addition to advocacy efforts. PUSH employs 40, and has renovated more than 100 homes in the past seven years.

Source: Meet the ‘Renovators’: These people are breathing new life into Buffalo’s past – The Buffalo News

Google, Spruce Goose | ZGF

ZGF partnered with Google to transform the landmark Spruce Goose Hangar in Playa Vista, California. A 450,000+ SF, four-level “building-within-a-building” was developed inside the seven-story, 750-foot-long historic wooden structure. Built by Howard Hughes in 1943 for the construction of the Hercules IV airplane (aka the “Spruce Goose”), the hangar now comprises office, meeting, food service and event spaces, and employee amenity spaces.

Source: Google, Spruce Goose | ZGF

The most exciting 2020 hotel openings – The Spaces

Courtesy Hotel Can Ferrereta

Found on Mallorca’s south-east coast, this 17th-century building will comprise 32 rooms, a spa with hammam and indoor pool. Can Ferrereta is inspired by the typical Spanish summer house: its light and airy design will champion original wooden beams, a cream palette and stone

Source: The most exciting 2020 hotel openings – The Spaces

The most innovative adaptive reuse projects of 2019 – The Spaces

 

Washington DC’s first public library is now an Apple store

Photography: Nigel Young

Apple took on yet another renovation of a historically significant building in 2019, converting Washington DC’s first public library into a new flagship store. The restoration of the 116-year-old Carnegie Library by Foster + Partners took two years and involved installing a new skylight above a central plaza used for hosting events.

Source: The most innovative adaptive reuse projects of 2019 – The Spaces

A New Idea in Architecture? No New Buildings – Metropolis

For the architecture firm Schaum/Shieh, reuse necessarily means embracing the “background buildings” found throughout American suburbs, like the strip mall. In Houston, Schaum/Shieh retrofitted a midcentury washateria into a series of storefronts, while taking pains to highlight the craftsmanship of the original build. Courtesy Peter Molick

The building sector accounts for about a third of global fuel consumption, but its systematic energetic impact may be still greater. Because we sense the glow and hum of the machines around us, because we are accustomed to paying monthly energy bills and encouraged by the idea that adjusting the thermostat saves money—and, somehow, the planet—we may be more sensitive to running costs than to embodied energy. But, as Moe puts it in that interview, “that’s not really dealing with energy, that’s dealing with the fuel efficiency of a building, which is important, but missing the big picture.”

Source: A New Idea in Architecture? No New Buildings – Metropolis

Balbek Bureau converts a San Francisco church into a startup incubator – Archpaper.com

While the main nave of the church serves as an impromptu auditorium, it’s ambulatory alcoves are fitted out as stationary lounges. (Slava Balbek)

Salvaging and restoring the historic features of the listed Our Lady of Guadalupe church, the firm implemented a scheme that makes good use of its dramatic nave and ambulatory alcoves. While the former plays host to a moveable seating and table system, the latter serves a series of stationary lounges. Together, they set the stage for anything from film-screenings to hackathons.

Source: Balbek Bureau converts a San Francisco church into a startup incubator – Archpaper.com

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

white hotel structure above water

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

Courtesy of Culturespaces

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

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

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

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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

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

Synagogue Flats

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

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

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