Adaptive Reuse: Setting Expectations Through the Ages

Adaptive Reuse: Setting Expectations Through the Ages

Adaptive reuse projects can offer a sustainable and practical solution to address key issues facing the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry, including an aging building stock in densely populated locations and shifting occupant needs following the COVID-19 pandemic. These projects can effectively blend new construction with existing structures, but owners and project teams need to understand the limitations of the original construction and set expectations for future performance and maintenance. In this webinar, we will delve into the practical differences between new construction and adaptive reuse, with a focus on building enclosure and structural code requirements for inspections, checks, upgrades, and component replacement. We will describe various types of construction commonly employed from the late 1800s through the present day, using examples taken from various points in time to illustrate the opportunities, limitations, and advantages of reusing each type of construction.


After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe eras of building construction and the likely implications of adaptive reuse for structures of varying ages.
  • Identify common code triggers related to building structure or enclosure analysis, as well as upgrade requirements in the context of adaptive reuse.
  • Gain insights into the building enclosure and structural aspects of adaptive reuse projects and how they impact building performance and maintenance.
  • Appreciate the importance of adaptive reuse in the built environment and its role as a sustainable and practical approach to building design and construction.

Participants will earn 1 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for attending the live webinar. Registration is free. Please note that space is limited – email events@sgh.com to join our waitlist if the session is closed when you register. 

About the Speaker

Keith Nelson
Keith Nelson | Senior Project Manager

Keith Nelson is a building enclosure consultant with experience involving investigation, rehabilitation, and new construction. He specializes in investigating, repairing, and renovating existing structures, and is well-versed in the challenges and benefits of adaptive reuse projects. His projects focus on optimizing building performance and aligning present efforts with future maintenance expectations. He provides valuable insights to architects, engineers, and contractors, leveraging his experience and expertise as a resource for professionals in the adaptive reuse industry.

Eric Ober
Eric Ober | Associate Principal

Eric Ober is a seasoned structural engineer with experience in design, investigation, and rehabilitation projects. He has extensive knowledge in the analysis and design of structural systems, construction documents, and construction administration. Eric has worked on a variety of new design and repositioning projects, including mixed-use buildings, environmental education centers, private residences, transit hubs, independent living facilities, office buildings, and more. With his expertise in structural engineering, Eric is well-equipped to provide valuable insights and knowledge to professionals involved in adaptive reuse projects.