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Top Ten Reasons to Reuse an Existing Building – Karma

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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 […]

Top Ten Reasons to Reuse an Existing Building – Challenge

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TOP TEN REASONS TO REUSE AN EXISTING BUILDING CHALLENGE Adaptive re-use takes extra care and planning. It is definitely more challenging than starting from scratch, but well worth the effort. “I don’t think there is anything irrational about doing these harder projects. In the long run we keep our tenants. The value of the asset […]

Top Ten Reasons to Reuse an Existing Building – Material

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TOP TEN REASONS TO REUSE AN EXISTING BUILDING MATERIAL You find great materials in old buildings- just look underneath the wallpaper, acoustic tile, and vinyl floors. ← Screen saved from Nippon Kan Theatre ← Reclaimed wood paneling made from heavy timber joists salvaged at Chophouse Row. Designed in collaboration with our friends Graham Baba Architects. […]

Top Ten Reasons to Reuse an Existing Building – Big

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TOP TEN REASONS TO REUSE AN EXISTING BUILDING BIG Subtraction is easier than addition. Large, dramatic gathering spaces are created by simply carving away parts of the old building. ← Before and After: Big community hall at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle. In this example, the existing Kong Yick SRO building could not be […]

Top Ten Reasons to Reuse an Existing Building – Place

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TOP TEN REASONS TO REUSE AN EXISTING BUILDING PLACE   “Why come to Trude? I asked myself. And I already wanted to leave. ‘You can resume your flight whenever you like’ they said to me, ‘but you will arrive at another Trude, absolutely the same, detail by detail…. only the name of the airport changes.” […]

10 Reasons to Re-Use an Old Building – History

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TOP TEN REASONS TO REUSE AN EXISTING BUILDING HISTORY   “…the greatest glory of a building is not in its stones, nor in its gold. Its glory is in its Age, and in that deep sense of voicefulness, of stern watching, of mysterious sympathy… which we feel in walls that have long been washed by […]

10 Reasons to Re-Use an Old Building – Intro

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We believe in the intrinsic value older buildings offer their communities, and we work hard to incorporate new program into them. Their history grounds us in our relationship to our city, their texture a unique backdrop to modern life. As our city grows and our current building stock ages, it is time to look at […]