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Degenkolb Case Studies in Adaptive Reuse

Kaiser Permanente, San Ramon

Location: San Ramon, California
Function: Medical Office Building

Within the Healthcare industry, adaptive reuse of buildings has become an attractive option due the cost and time saving benefits. For its San Ramon medical office building, Kaiser Permanente selected an existing office building for conversion. Using the existing building, allowed the project to move forward faster and clear typical design/construction project challenges such as entitlements.

Once design started, Degenkolb recommended using advance analysis to potentially mitigate the building’s seismic issues. Significant retrofit was eliminated, saving the project money, funds which then shifted to help with the conversion to a MOB.

Stanford University Old Chemistry Building

Location: Stanford, California
Function: Education building

Stanford University Old Chemistry Building, often noted as one of the few “Nobel Building,” was designed in the late 1800s. One of the major challenges the project faced was the sequencing and removal of the entire interior floor systems while retaining the 4-story exterior stone and brick walls and wood framed roof.  Working directly for the contractor with our means and methods teams, Degenkolb designed the shoring system to brace the building during the demo and reconstruction.
Adaptive reuse was applied to the project through the balance of retaining the key major elements (typically the structure and its enclosure) and replacing the old systems.

City of Oakland, Lake Merritt Boathouse

Location: Oakland, California
Function: Historical structure

Originally designed over 100 years ago, the Lake Merritt Boathouse was built to house a pumping station. Degenkolb designed the seismic retrofit. The project included the design of a new boat dock landing. Part of the Lake Merritt Master Plan, the design for the rehabilitation and Adaptive Reuse of the buildings and surrounding parkland conformed to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Rehabilitation and is LEED® Gold certified. This project won a California Preservation Design Excellence Award in 2011.

The project was a prime example of a way to preserve history and reuse materials rather than constructing a new building.

Solar Photovoltaic Manufacturing Facility

Location: Silicon Valley, California
Function: Solar Photovoltaic Manufacturing Facility

In the Silicon Valley, it is common to turn warehouse buildings into manufacturing, R&D, or data centers. Original warehouse buildings were typically designed for the code minimum loads and seismic resilience that is inadequate to today’s standards. In many instances, the roofs cannot support the process and mechanical loads that factories require. 

Degenkolb used performance-based design concepts to proportion a minimally invasive seismic retrofit for 500,000 SF, warehouse building that was converted to a photovoltaic manufacturing facility. The client chose to incorporate Adaptive Reuse as opposed to having a developer construct a new building based on the cost-benefit study. The seismic retrofit of an existing building allowed them to get a greater earthquake resilience than a basic code-compliant new building for significantly less costs and shorter construction time.

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Posted by jonkurman on September 1, 2015 4:57 PM
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