Everything Old is New Again

Monday, April 24, 11:10 - 12:00 PM

Room #: City of Oaks

The continuously rising costs of building and land are causing institutions to carefully consider when new construction is the right choice. Combined with an increasing surplus of outdated but structurally-viable existing buildings, many are now considering the benefits of adaptive reuse. What challenges do these legacy facilities present for both design aesthetics and engineering needs of contemporary sciences? With research processes and equipment changing at an increasing pace, can existing buildings be made flexible enough to adapt for not just today’s technology, but also tomorrow’s?

In 2017, “legacy” buildings can allow for more complex research programs and laboratories, as many even postdate contemporary measures like the ADA and International Building Code. When today’s cost of new construction is factored in, the adaptive reuse of existing facilities becomes increasingly appealing.

This presentation will explore how to maximize success in these reuse projects, so that end-users and designers can identify the latent challenges at critical early points in the design. The new Core Labs project at Moffitt Cancer Center offers numerous lessons about this process, and reveals that difficult existing conditions can not only be overcome, but can actually be seized upon as design drivers. Rather than being problems, these design opportunities can allow the team to challenge convention and reposition thinking about the research environment.