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Urban Office Renovation Reuses Old Factory

  • JANUARY 23, 2015
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Since the 1920s, suburbs have historically grown faster than any city. But times, they are a-changing. The Huffington Post reports that in the next 20 years nearly 7 out of 10 people in the world will be living in cities. With more professionals flocking back to the city, demand for urban office renovation or transition is rising. Businesses naturally want to follow the talent.

This increase in urbanization naturally lends itself to social and environmental impacts. And those can be both positive and negative. Adaptive reuse is one of those positives. It refers to the process of reusing an old site or building/materials for a purpose other than originally intended. Basically, recycling a structure into something new. With adaptive reuse, sustainability, and energy efficiency being the focus, responsible urbanization is becoming a trend.

Turner Construction recently embraced this renaissance as it transitioned its Columbus office to a vacant downtown mattress factory built in 1910. In a recent interview with Retrofit Magazine, M+A Architects’ Director of Interior Design, Carrie Boyd, spoke of Turner’s stance. She said,

“Turner prides itself on its craftsmanship. The employees felt their existing space didn’t show that off at all. When looking for a building, one of the really important things was that in a renovation they could really show their craftsmanship and attention to detail.”

And that’s exactly what Turner found.

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Throughout the office you can find unique recycled materials. The metal panels in the reception area were reused from a Cincinnati building, one hundred year-old white oak materials were salvaged to create the stairway to the second floor and the reception desk, and original red bricks were re-used to complete masonry work during the renovation.

Energy efficiency was also incorporated into the building’s design. A Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) HVAC system was installed, not only to decrease energy consumption, but also to fit the design aesthetic and showcase the authenticity of the structure. It also added to the minimalist design. “Our biggest intent was to let the building show,” Boyd said in her interview. “A lot of what we added was complementary to those original materials.”

Soon after the office was completed, Turner received a LEED Gold certification from the USGBC showcasing its focus on innovation and forward thinking.

As cities grow, urbanites must be conscious of their impact. Choosing to redevelop spaces, reuse materials, and reduce environmental and social stresses is responsible urbanization. And it didn't just start here. Huffington Post shows more examples of businesses that have hopped on the sustainable bandwagon. As the built environment continues to grow metropolitan areas, adaptive reuse and redevelopment are some of the ways to make its impact positive.

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