ADAPTIVE REUSE

Renovating an existing building is far more eco-friendly for the environment than constructing a new building.  According to the National Trust for Historic Preservation Study, it can take anywhere from 10 to 80 years for a new energy-efficient building to overcome the negative climate change impacts made during its construction.  Existing buildings make up about 40 percent of total energy consumed nationwide and renovations can increase the energy efficiency of these buildings.

 

Picture5Considerable opportunities lie before us in the existing building stock in our area as the economy improves and businesses are planning expansions. Renovations and reuse of existing buildings represents an increasingly large segment of the design and construction market.  As creative innovators, HAA has the imagination and experience to transform existing buildings and sites into successful renovations.  By honoring the existing structure and finding new inspiration to enhance the unique project, we remain sensitive to the character defining features and cost effectively transform the site.

When considering an Adaptive Reuse project, HAA provides clients with a detailed report, including the following listed studies, to use as the basis for proceeding with the project:

  • Feasibility Report

  • Existing Facility Analysis

  • Code Analysis/Life Safety Analysis

  • Green Building Considerations

  • ADA Analysis/Feasibility

Substantial investigation and planning is required to determine the viability of renovating an existing building or investing in new construction.  Planned changes in building use require the new occupant to comply with current building codes which can create unforeseen costs.  ADA accessibility, fire protection requirements and the building’s structural integrity are other important considerations.  HAA teams with the appropriate consultants to complete a detailed feasibility study, bearing in mind proper use of energy and raw materials before committing funds to the transformative process.