NJAPPA 12th Annual Spring Conference
Dave Pinto (Vanderweil) and Daniel Toppings (NK Architects) to present: "Renovate, Transform or Knockdown? Considerations for Addressing Aged Buildings and Facility Renewal"
During the 1950’s and 1960’s, colleges and universities underwent an unprecedented period of building, resulting in millions of square feet of academic facilities built quickly and not necessarily well. Today, many institutions struggle with 50-year-old buildings which, due to changing programs, technologies, demographics and learning pedagogies, are in desperate need of renewal. With hosts of external pressures and shrinking facilities budgets, there simply is not enough money to renovate all of these buildings.
Professionals overseeing facility requirements at higher education institutions must evaluate numerous building and infrastructure needs each year. The decision to build new, transform or demolish campus buildings, and prioritizing which projects get done first, requires extensive research, communication and close cooperation between all members of the project team.
The presenters, representing the disciplines of Architecture and Planning, Building Systems Engineering, and Construction Cost Management, will offer insights and practical takeaways to inform your next renovation project. We will also discuss how you can successfully manage the process when renovation projects, by their very nature, can be fraught with unforeseen obstacles and challenges that new construction projects don’t present.
- Identify key planning decisions to aid in prioritizing, evaluating and enacting campus renewal projects.
- Review aspects of aged campus buildings that enable repositioning for 21st Century use, and some that hinder proper utilization.
- What are the three factors that must be carefully considered to determine when a facility should be renovated.
- How to create the building blocks for a successful renovation project.