Rehabbing for Reuse

by Rita Robison, Assoc. Ed.; Civil Engineering—ASCE, New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1986, Vol. 56, Issue 9, Pg. 82-85

Document Type: Feature article


Case histories of four building rehabilitation projects highlight special challenges to their structural engineers. The Lits Building, Philadelphia, is a collection of eight structures that had undergone many previous renovations and some surprises surfaced while it wasa stripped to its interior primary structure. The Page Bros. building, part of the Chicago Theater restoration in Chicago, was rebuilt inside by using existing floors as forms for new floors. In San Francisco, an old steel fabricating plant was needed seismic upgrading when it was transformed into a furniture showroom. In Troy, N.Y., an engineering firm had to remove old bowling alleys when it renovated a historic building as its own office. Wood from the alley floors was salvaged to make new furniture.

Subject Headings: Rehabilitation | Case studies | Renovation | Wood floors | Construction management | Public buildings | Historic preservation | Existing buildings | United States | Chicago | Illinois | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania

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