Adaptive reuse refers to the redevelopment of a building for a use other than the one for which it was originally built. After the zoning is confirmed to be appropriate for the new use or variances are obtained, Synthesis works closely with the owner and the architect to ensure that the design achieves the functional purposes and program of the owner and that it minimizes costs.

Frequently significant internal demolition is required to make the new layout work and permit updating of the building’s infrastructure. A larger construction contingency may be carried in the budget to account for any hidden conditions that are likely to be exposed by the demolition.

A few examples from our portfolio:

  • the 19th Century American Brewery Building, originally an industrial, commercial brewery, was converted into 21st Century offices and event space for Humanim Inc.
  • the old Stewart’s Department Store building built in 1902 was transformed into the World Headquarters for Catholic Relief Services with executive and administrative offices and meeting space with a LEED gold certification
  • a large industrial space became the Bridgeway Community Church with a tiered 1200 seat sanctuary, classrooms, offices and meeting rooms
  • several urban strip shopping center spaces were converted into community health clinics

Below are some examples of our Adaptive Reuse projects: