Adaptive Reuse on a University Campus

Adaptive Reuse on a University Campus

Adaptive Reuse on a University Campus

Adaptive Reuse on a University Campus

Expanding a University's Programming in a Cost-Effective Way

The renovation of existing learning environments using adaptive reuse design can help meet the diverse needs of today’s students. It can also provide a cost-effective way for colleges and universities to improve and expand their program offerings.  

How Can Universities Benefit from Adaptive Reuse?

Repurposing existing campus buildings can help universities condense, and offer more programs and amenities as a result. On top of the campus benefits, schools that restore aging buildings can qualify for federal or state historic tax credits. Adaptive reuse also allows schools to make better use of their educational spaces.

Adaptive Reuse at the University of South Carolina

The University of South Carolina successfully implemented an adaptive reuse program when they repurposed an existing law building in the heart of campus and turned it into a safe, accessible, and fully updated undergraduate chemistry lab.  

In the Learning by Design magazine article “Adaptive Reuse Law to Lab” by architect and our Columbia Studio Director J. Sanders Tate, the principles and practices of adaptive reuse are explained and explored, with examples and images of how adaptive reuse was used to benefit the university and enhance student outcomes and engagement. Find useful tips and resources to apply to the planning of your own campus adaptive reuse projects.  

Read the full article here.

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Looking for ways to repurpose campus buildings to house current or future programming? Contact our Higher Ed Practice Leader, Jana Gottlieb Hartenstine.

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Jana Gottlieb Hartenstine


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