Adaptive reuse: or re-use, is a process that adapts buildings for new uses while retaining their historic features. An old factory may become an apartment building. A rundown church may find new life as a restaurant... And a restaurant may become a church. An example of this from our portfolio is our new office for Aubertine and Currier. Our original building was a warehouse used for the storage of construction materials. Now it has been transformed or adapted into sustainable office space.
The restoration course of action shall be carefully considered during and prior to construction. At a minimum, careful planning shall be based upon the following criteria during the restorative process.
- Responsible Methods: A repair done today should not prevent treatment tomorrow, nor should it result in further loss of fabric.
- Complement not distort: The repair or restorative work should complement the existing, not discourage from the existing.
- Regular Maintenance: This is the most practical and economic form of preservation.
- Information: To repair an old building it must be understood. Paying attention to a building’s particular architectural style or detail, construction style, or social development in the community can provide clues to what can be done. This information can also help us predict what will happen to the building over time due to unavoidable decay or repairs.
- Fit New to Old: When repairs are made, new material should match the old. The old should not be changed to fit the new.
- Workmanship: Carefully considered workmanship does justice to fine buildings leaving the most durable and positive record of what has been done. Work that deliberately or artificially conceals can mislead.