This Time With Feeling

by Dennis Arbogast, Program Mgr.; BRW, Denver, CO,
Fred Klancnik, P.E., (F.ASCE), Sr. Vice Pres.; JJR, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1998, Vol. 68, Issue 10, Pg. 56-59

Document Type: Feature article


Adaptive reuse has been a buzzword for sometime, but recently, changes in government and military operations and renewed interest in the revitalization of urban centers have pushed the concept forward. Salvaging part of the original structures and rebuilding the rest means faster, cheaper projects that maintain a sense of place and history. Meanwhile, by reviving dead structures, entire regions can receive the economic benefits that go along with more visitors. Engineers find that adaptive reuse can provide unique challenges as they refit old structures for new uses, and add aesthetics to properties that once valued function over form.

Subject Headings: Adaptive systems | Government | Military engineering | Urban areas | History | Economic factors | Aesthetics | Structural behavior

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