“Adaptive use involves less waste of materials and less need for new building materials like drywall, plaster and concrete, which are highly energy and carbon intensive, even with the most sustainable production methodologies,” Green Generation Solutions CEO Brad Dockser said to ULI. “The ability to reuse windows, walls and ornamentation is critical. And it’s possible to be highly creative. I’ve seen people put an office or a conference room in what used to be a vault. Instead of spending enormous amounts of money”
“We found it would be more economical for us to reuse some of these materials instead of throwing them away and buying new ones,” Coates explained. “I think we have a responsibility to be good stewards of our environment.”“We had done studies to figure out what would happen if we tore down the existing site,” said Doug McNutt, Principal with Salus Architecture. “We realized that, yes, we could do that. But if we kept the original, we’d not only save money, we’d create something quite amazing.”
“We know what these industrial spaces can become and how they can be reinvented. We’ve seen the evolution of the Navy Yard. When we talked to the people at Hugo Neu about their vision about Kearny Point, we really got it. It resonated with us.”
The Captain William Tyson House is owned by the Township of Rochelle Park which wants to either sell or raze the structure, officials say.
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“Several challenges face properties on this year’s endangered sites list, including neglect and deferred maintenance, threats incurred by redevelopment and new construction, difficulties raising adequate historic preservation funding, the need for creative adaptive reuse proposals, inadequate recognition and protection by government agencies, and political influences,” said Courtenay D. Mercer, president of PNJ.
Despite Sears’ recent struggles, developers are eyeing the company’s former properties as major opportunities. Last year, Springbank Real Estate Group acquired the vacant Sears at 1900 W. Lawrence Avenue in the Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood and plans to transform the 1920’s era structure into 59 apartments, 91 parking spaces, and 30,000 square feet of commercial space.
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Although there are some updated elements, the structure still sits within the original stones of the farmhouse, and is topped by a pitched roof similar to the one that would have sheltered the old Scottish house.
“The architectural design aimed to convert the historic propeller-pattern factory into a modern home, while also restoring the classic details,” said a statement from Fogarty Finger.
“The architects preserved the original wood joists, wood columns, concrete floors and machinery from the building’s industrial past and incorporated them into the main living space,” said the statement.
Greenville, South Carolina, one of the roughly two dozen communities highlighted in Our Towns. Shutterstock
Many cities are taking advantage of their 19th-century building stock, investing in historic preservation and adaptive reuse. They’re also adding art and music spaces, showcasing how small-town urbanism is alive and well.
‘To feed the planet is not to produce more, it is to fight the waste,’ says Bottura. ‘How to fight it, with the beauty of the imagination of the chefs, the artists … With beauty, we will rebuild the dignity of those who come eat here.’
The Battery Street Tunnel in 2009. Courtesy of WSDOT
Potential projects ranged from a mushroom farm to sustainable wastewater infrastructure. But after a City Council vote Monday afternoon, there’s only one thing that can happen to the tunnel: It will be filled with rubble and sealed off.
The restaurant’s design melds rustic, mid-centruy modern and industrial touches. The goal was to create an approachable space, where a night out on the town or a meal before or after a baseball game can happen, Dissen says. “You want to have that blend between the space and the food,” he says.
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Each property is listed with a link to its Google Street View—giving an idea of what the property and the surrounding areas look like—plus square footage, acreage, and the year each property was built. No prices are listed; these properties will go to the best offer.
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.
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.”
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.
“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.”
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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.
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.”
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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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.”
“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.
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.”
“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.”