Considerations for AEC Teams Working in Buildings with Older Structural Systems

Date: September 26, 2018 5:30pm
Location: SGH New York
Speaker(s): Steven Hall

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
550 Seventh Avenue, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10018

5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Registration & Refreshments
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Presentation & Discussion
7:00 - 7:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for their attendance. Attendance is free and open to all; please invite colleagues. We will serve refreshments and hors d'oeuvres. Space is limited to the first 60 guests to register.


Older buildings are integral to the culture and character of metropolitan areas. When renovating these buildings, owners and design teams will often attempt to maintain the existing structure while renovating the interior for a more modern use. However, historic building structures present challenges in adaptive reuse projects, as they are often difficult to modify or do not meet current building code standards. In this presentation, we will discuss common limitations of older structures and how architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) teams can navigate these challenges to create a modern space within the confines of the existing building. 

After attending this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the history of building codes and prescriptive building requirements for structures.
  • Identify typical older structural systems and the inherent limitations of each system.
  • Discuss potential options for reinforcing existing older building structures.
  • Recognize when design changes are necessary if the existing structure does not allow for alterations or reinforcing, or if reinforcing the existing structure becomes cost-prohibitive.


Steven D. Hall, P.E. | Senior Staff I
Steven Hall is a structural design engineer with a wide range of experience, including investigation and repair of concrete, steel, and timber structures; new design of bridges and environmental structures; and adaptive reuse of existing buildings and bridges. He has consulted with contractors, architects, and building owners on structural condition assessments and structural monitoring. His recent adaptive reuse projects include commercial and residential spaces, museums, schools, and libraries. 


  • Owners
  • Facilities Managers
  • Property Managers
  • Contractors
  • Architects
  • Attorneys