Essential Steps in Adaptation of Old Buildings


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Title: Essential Steps in Adaptation of Old Buildings

Author(s): Boris Bresler

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 85


Appears on pages(s): 1-18

Keywords: buildings; evaluation; renovating; repairs; structural design.

Date: 4/1/1985

Essential steps in modifying structures for the purpose of adapting old buildings to new use are discussed in this paper. Eight basic steps are described: (1) pre-liminary site visit, (2) documentation of original design and construction, (3) identification of desired changes in the building, (4) identification of code requirements applicable to building alterations, (5) development of structural modi-fication schemes and preliminary cost estimates, (6) verifi-cation of "as is" condition, review of adequacy of proposed modification scheme and estimated cost, (7) completion of design and construction documents, including drawings and specifications, and (8)'coordination of engineering design with construction quality control and accommodation of possible need for design changes during construction.