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Adaptive Reuse

Re-purposing of Buildings

 Definition:

Maple Leaf Gardens
Maple Leaf Gardens

Adaptive re-use or re-purposing of buildings has conventionally been defined as the process of adapting and modifying older structures or buildings which may in fact be obsolete, to perform new desired uses or functions. In some cases the occupancy usage may be fundamentally changed.

Although generally considered as an architectural specialty, in fact, successful re-purposing of buildings requires expertise in building science, site rehabilitation with regard to environmental requirements, HVAC engineering, accessibility requirements, extensive knowledge of building codes and computerized building condition assessments.

 The signage shown in this photograph was constructed using historical photographs taken in 1931. Photo by B. Burton

For further reading,

“Adaptive Reuse of Commercial Buildings”

Written by Brian Burton

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