Top Ten Reasons to Reuse an Existing Building – Cost

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Categories: Adaptive Reuse, Theory & Practice

TOP TEN REASONS
TO REUSE AN EXISTING BUILDING


COST


 

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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 costs and improved leaseability vs. new buildings.


The Frye Art Museum, before and after, renovated and expanded at $156 per sf in 1997.

Even with required seismic and sprinkler upgrades, the cost was significantly less than other new museums built at the time because the basic infrastructure was still in good shape.


TOP TEN REASONS
TO REUSE AN EXISTING BUILDING

History | Place | Character | Big | Material | Challenge | Energy | Cost | Karma | Vision