Building Evaluation for Adaptive Reuse and Preservation

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An architect and engineer must consider many aspects of any building that is being evaluated for an adaptive re-use project. Careful and precise evaluation of an existing building's structure, systems, and materials are necessary for both design considerations and for financial feasibility analysis. This professional guide to evaluating structural and material integrity of existing buildings covers everything from foundation issues to decorative details, identifying the causes of building failures as well as techniques for repair. The book considers building assessment issues for structures of different scales: midsize commercial, small commercial and residential buildings. Building repairs on adaptive re-use or historic preservation projects are an essential consideration in the financial outlook of a project, and this book details each step in the assessment process in an easy-to-understand way.

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Professional guide to evaluating the structural and material integrity of buildings and the financial viability of adaptive use and preservation projects

This book is designed for architects and engineers who need to evaluate existing buildings for a new use or for continuing a current use. It details each step of the evaluation process using an easy-to-follow and easy-to-implement approach that greatly reduces the possibility of unexpected costs and setbacks. Moreover, the book covers every part of the building itself, from interior and exterior structures to systems and materials.

This book begins with an overview of architectural character and the identification of character-defining elements from the colonial period to modern architecture. Next, the authors offer you a step-by-step guide to the evaluation process, covering:

  • Comprehensive survey of existing conditions

  • Electrical and mechanical systems

  • Plumbing, bathrooms, accessibility, and fire systems

  • Sustainability

  • Pro forma analysis, including constructing an Excel spreadsheet

  • Testing structures, materials, and systems

Illustrations throughout the book help you visualize and perform key procedures. In addition, the authors examine building evaluation issues for structures of different scales, such as medium and small commercial structures and residential buildings.

Most important, the authors help you assess the financial viability of a proposed adaptive reuse or preservation project, helping you and potential investors decide whether the proposed project offers a desired return on investment.

About the Author:

J. Stanley Rabun, PhD, PE, RA, is a professor at the University of Tennessee. As an architect and structural engineer, he has designed many residential and commercial buildings and continues to consult on a wide array of projects. Dr. Rabun also serves as an expert witness in construction accidents and building failures, testifying on cases involving water leakage and mold. Dr. Rabun is the author of Structural Analysis of Historic Buildings (Wiley).

Richard Kelso, PhD, PE, is a mechanical engineer and a professor at the University of Tennessee. A partner in a consulting engineering firm for more than twenty-five years, Dr. Kelso serves as an expert witness in construction accidents and building failures, testifying on cases involving HVAC systems and mold.

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Rabun, J. Stanley, Kelso, Richard
Published by Wiley (2009)
ISBN 10: 0470108797 ISBN 13: 9780470108796
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