WE30 - Repositioning of Suburban Two Story Office and R&D Buildings

Wednesday, November 28 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM « Back

Abstract Text:

The two story Digital Equipment, Wang Lab, Apollo Computer, etc., Office and R&D model is obsolete. Left behind are 100,000 SF empty or under utilized shells along the Route 128 and 495 corridors. This workshop will discuss the design and engineering inefficiencies of these buildings and creative design and engineering options to facilitate the redevelopment of them. It will review how to take advantage of this market, repositioning them for redevelopment and profitability.
This building market phenomena has existed for over ten years. With buildings left empty or underutilized, is the time right and are the market conditions there to format a new approach? Is it commercially feasible and profitable or is it time for the wrecking ball?
RENOVATION CHALLENGES: Current building conditions; inefficient entry points, oversized atria, outdated and undersized MEP systems, light parking counts, outdated facades, code compliance issues, small floor plates, low clear heights, energy code issues...to name some of the issues.
DESIGN CHALLENGES: To attract today's high tech and service companies, a "New Look" and new building systems will be required. Radical architectural/engineering solutions will need to be considered to accommodate their space utilization needs including new entry points and atria with amenities,

Learning Objectives:

Learn to develop a successful program for the repositioning of out dated suburban office space

Work with developers creating creative architectural designs for the reutilization of outdated suburban office space

Understand the tenant real estate market and their requirements for these suburban office buildings

Hear case studies of what has worked in the redevelopment of these suburban office buildings


AIA Credit Hours:
1.5 LU

Education Tracks: Reposition - Renovate - Revitalize

Event Type: Workshops > Session