Renovating Mill Buildings of the Northeastern U.S.

June 29, 2011
Publication: International Conference on Structural Health Assessment of Timber Structures (SHASTIS'11), Lisbon Portugal...
Author(s): Jeff Langlois

Abstract:Few images offer a glimpse into America's short-lived manufacturing boom like the mill buildings lining the banks of many rivers throughout the Northeastern US. These vast structures of stone, brick, and timber, often vacated and neglected for decades, can be more than decrepit souvenirs of the region's industrial heritage. In recent times, adaptive reuse of these buildings has become more attractive to developers and real estate investors. Zoning and development trends favoring urban renewal, a widespread need for affordable rental housing, and economic incentives promoting green building practices are a few of the socio-economic factors that favor mill building renovation.

Keywords: Adaptive Reuse