New Life with Older Structures

June 1, 2015
Publication: College Planning & Management magazine
Author(s): David Martin

Undeveloped land on college campuses is precious…and often non-existent. The debate over what to do with older structures comes to the forefront when the need for a change of use or modernization arises. Should you demolish and rebuild, or can you effectively reuse an existing structure? Can reuse be economical? Many buildings on college campuses have both historical and sentimental value to the institution as well as the public, and celebrating the history of an older structure while updating it for modern usage can be invaluable. However, effective reuse also requires an understanding of the building’s structural system, common building age characteristics and the requirements and intent of the applicable current building code.