Building Rehabilitation: The Last Resort

by Michael Federman, Vice Pres.; Fedeman Construction Consultants, Inc., New York, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1981, Vol. 51, Issue 7, Pg. 72-73

Document Type: Feature article


Rehabilitation of buildings often seems initially cheaper than new construction, but the hidden costs of renovation are making many builders prefer new structures. The advantages of new construction over rehabilitation are explored, including: the lower cost of typical new parts compared to replacing old ones; the higher useful life expectancy of a new building; the greater finished value of new buildings; the avoidance of disruption of production often caused by rehab work; and the flexibility regarding use of space and choice of site for new buildings.

Subject Headings: Rehabilitation | Construction sites | Construction costs | Renovation | Lifeline systems | Value engineering | Space construction | Space exploration

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