Monthly Archives: March 2016

Top Ten Reasons to Reuse an Existing Building – Karma

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Categories: Adaptive Reuse, Theory & Practice

TOP TEN REASONS TO REUSE AN EXISTING BUILDING KARMA   Keeping old buildings creates good Karma with neighbors and with the City. And, of course, with the ghosts of those that designed, built, and inhabited the place. “Neighborhoods containing a mix of older, smaller buildings of diverse age support greater levels of positive economic and […]

Top Ten Reasons to Reuse an Existing Building – Cost

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TOP TEN REASONS TO REUSE AN EXISTING BUILDING COST   There are costs and benefits to saving an old building, and they vary significantly by project. Costs can include seismic retrofits and the challenges of working around existing structures. Benefits include bonuses from the City (additional height, reduced parking requirements, etc.), reduced superstructure and finish […]

Top Ten Reasons to Reuse an Existing Building – Energy

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TOP TEN REASONS TO REUSE AN EXISTING BUILDING ENERGY UW professor Kathryn Merlino describes old buildings as “valuable repositories of embodied energy and material value that shouldn’t be discounted”. Embodied energy represents all the work that went into making the building, and is surprisingly large. For instance, an average 50,000 SF building in Washington State […]