Green Amherst

Adaptive Reuse

Charles Pratt
The College embraces the concept of adaptive reuse of its facilities. That is, rather than building new, the first effort is always to find a means to preserve a facility and renovate it, so that it can continue to serve the College. In past years, this strategy was driven primarily by concerns for preserving the College’s architecture, but more recently, with increasing understanding of environmental issues, the adaptive reuse strategy is driven by concerns for sustainability.

There are significant resources and energy “embodied” in an existing structure. Every element of building consumes energy and resources in the forms of harvesting and collection of the natural resources, transporting the resources, manufacturing the resources into useful product, transporting the product, and installation of the product. If a structure is demolished, these “embodied” energy costs are simply wasted.

Examples of Adaptive Reuse on Campus:

Advancement Precinct

Appleton Hall

Athletic Facilities

Cooper House

Fayerweather Hall

Webster Hall

Williston Hall

 

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