Adaptive reuse is a process of retrofitting old buildings for new uses allowing structures to retain their historic integrity while providing for occupants’ modern needs. These projects preserve what’s best about historic properties, but develop them in a way that is modern and usable, and infuse new life into historic buildings.
Displaced, cracked, and out-of-plane brick units were observed at the brick façade of a parking garage in a Midwestern city. The façade of the garage consisted of brick masonry veneer installed over a concrete masonry unit (CMU) backup wall. Openings made during an investigation revealed light-gauge, corrugated brick ties connected the brick veneer to the CMU back-up wall and concrete structure of the garage.
Svigals + Partners’ strategic renovations for Central Connecticut State University’s (CCSU’s) Barnard Hall in New Britain, Connecticut, expands facilities for classes, study, and informal collaboration.