RECONSTRUCTION AEC GIANTS: Restorations breathe new life into valuable older buildings

AEC Giants discuss opportunities and complications associated with renovation, restoration, and adaptive reuse construction work.

August 07, 2015 |
GIANTS 300 REPORT: Restorations breathe new life into valuable older buildings

The Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas, with 40,000 artworks and artifacts, will undergo a renovation of 30,000 sf, about one-third of its total space. The Building Team: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners (primary architect), Sabatini & Associates (associate architect), and Mar Lan Construction (GC). Photo: Courtesy Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

A year ago, the University of Maryland–Baltimore County, in partnership with Howard Hughes Medical Institute, unveiled a 5,500-sf renovation within its 1970s-era Meyerhoff Chemistry Building.

Now called the Science Learning Collaboratory, the space serves two purposes: as chemistry, biology, and nursing classrooms during the school year; and as a training and research facility for HHMI staff in the summer. The institute provided $1.7 million for the renovation.

TOP RECONSTRUCTION ARCHITECTURE FIRMS

2014 Reconstruction Revenue ($)
1. Stantec $190,976,256
2. HDR $116,007,500
3. HOK $104,137,000
4. Perkins+Will $86,744,700
5. EYP $83,941,804

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TOP RECONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING FIRMS

2014 Reconstruction Revenue ($)
1. WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff $131,401,721
2. Jensen Hughes $91,200,000
3. CRB $76,848,044
4. Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates $67,773,600
5. Thornton Tomasetti $65,527,258

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TOP RECONSTRUCTION CONSTRUCTION FIRMS

2014 Reconstruction Revenue ($)

1. Turner Construction  $2,737,284,000
2. Structure Tone  $2,566,184,600
3. Gilbane Building Co. $1,788,350,000
4. Whiting-Turner $1,369,749,628
5. PCL Construction $1,076,381,683

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Architect/MEP engineer HDR created what it deems “the ultimate flexible space”: the lab can be completely reconfigured by students and faculty within 15 minutes. Benches, in modules of five, are movable and adjustable in height. Each bench has a utility module with quick-disconnect cables.

The lab’s fixed components are located mostly around its periphery. The full-height glass walls can be switched from clear to translucent. Experiments can be broadcast throughout the campus via new cameras and an internal AV system.

Steve Riojas, AIA, who directs HDR’s Science+Technology program, says many of the firm’s recent reconstruction projects have the same requirement: do more with less. “Generally, we are renovating buildings from the ’50s and ’60s, so the trick is to breathe state-of-the-art life into these old facilities,” he says.

This breath of fresh air, says HDR Project Manager Diana Hamlin, AIA, can sometimes provide more usable research area by eliminating traditional corridors and allowing circulation to flow within a lab or office’s “ghost” corridors.

AEC firms generally view renovation as more complex than new construction. “Adaptive reuse is more complicated because you have to forecast every little problem,” says Jackie Gilfillan, Director of Marketing and Development for City Constructors, in Los Angeles, where developers have been spending millions in that city’s downtown to restore buildings from the early 20th century.

City Constructors, which started in 2003 doing loft conversions, has lately struck gold working with the Kor Group to renovate its historic hotels. “These older buildings have a lot of charm that needed to be cleaned and polished,” Gilfillan says.

Sheila Ireland, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Architect with Leo A Daly, says that more clients have come to appreciate their Mid-Century and Brutalist buildings. In the past, such buildings would have been re-skinned or demolished. Ireland says owners are leaning toward renovation versus new construction to retain the “superior quality” of older buildings.

Jessie Bauldry, a Designer in the firm’s Minneapolis–St. Paul office, adds that smaller cities increasingly value historic architecture and favor renovation over demolition.

Bauldry points to one client, Owatonna (Minn.) Public Utilities, which decided to repurpose a power plant that had ceased to be viable after a 2010 flood. That project required laser cloud mapping so that the designers could “understand the structure,” says Bauldry. The building was converted into office space.

In Omaha, Neb., the landmark Burlington Station is being repurposed into studio space for KETV NewsWatch 7. The 117-year-old rail station, originally built to resemble a Greek temple, was last remodeled in the 1930s. It hadn’t seen a passenger since 1974.

Leo A Daly, the project’s primary architect, retained its decorative rosette ceilings and over-the-door grills. Two windows that were filled in with plaster in the ’30s are being saved, albeit as pieces of framed artwork.

The building is being modernized with sophisticated electronic technologies and a new HVAC system.

DEALING WITH UNEXPECTED CONSEQUENCES

Renovation is sometimes seen by clients as a way to improve their company’s productivity. St. Louis-based architectural firm Remiger Design recently completed design and construction administration on Cass Information Systems’ newly renovated Global Headquarters for Transportation Information Services in Bridgeton, Mo. (Paric Corporation was the GC.)

This renovation completely reorganized the facility’s floor plan, with each department now occupying a dedicated space. Standardized workstations with lower panels and energy-efficient lighting were installed. “Workflow is more productive and employees are not required to move between locations as frequently,” says Remiger’s President, Vern Remiger. A sound-masking system allows for better acoustical privacy between departments.

In Lawrence, Kan., the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas is addressing long-standing accessibility and storage problems with a 30,000-sf makeover, representing about a third of the museum’s total area.

The project will feature a glass-encased entryway that welcomes visitors with natural light; a doubling of the current lobby’s space; new flooring and ceilings in selected galleries; an elevator and staircase connecting the third and fourth floors; and two-story glazing that allows natural light inside the galleries and connects the museum to the historic Marvin Grove.

This project wasn’t made any easier by the university’s decision to keep the museum’s 40,000-plus artworks and artifacts in the building during renovation. They will be stored in three secured gallery spaces controlled for dust, temperature, and humidity, says Gale Lantis, General Manager of Mar Lan Construction, the GC.

 

TOP RECONSTRUCTION ARCHITECTURE FIRMS




  Company 2014 Reconstruction Revenue ($)
1 Stantec $190,976,256
2 HDR $116,007,500
3 HOK $104,137,000
4 Perkins+Will $86,744,700
5 EYP $83,941,804
6 CannonDesign $83,000,000
7 Callison RTKL $82,619,853
8 Wight & Company $82,518,583
9 Nelson $63,424,841
10 SmithGroupJJR $59,147,521
11 Leo A Daly $57,353,740
12 Perkins Eastman $54,870,000
13 DLR Group $52,000,000
14 HGA Architects and Engineers $49,560,000
15 HKS $49,053,956
16 ZGF Architects $39,506,753
17 Page $36,594,000
18 NORR $36,530,066
19 WD Partners $36,317,400
20 Corgan $33,375,000
21 Beyer Blinder Belle $33,318,308
22 FRCH Design Worldwide $32,830,000
23 Gresham, Smith and Partners $30,460,000
24 FreemanWhite $28,483,207
25 VOA Associates $28,132,590
26 MG2 $22,868,457
27 Flad Architects $21,990,000
28 Vocon $21,986,228
29 Glumac $21,098,098
30 CTA Architects Engineers $21,032,917
31 Ballinger $20,358,102
32 HNTB $20,039,100
33 Cuningham Group Architecture $19,923,524
34 Symmes Maini & McKee Associates $19,816,165
35 EwingCole $18,942,000
36 RS&H $18,760,000
37 Francis Cauffman $17,429,343
38 GBBN Architects $17,270,000
39 Hord Coplan Macht $17,133,217
40 Moseley Architects $16,871,889
41 GreenbergFarrow $16,840,200
42 LPA $16,628,461
43 Ware Malcomb $15,900,000
44 BSA LifeStructures $15,113,920
45 Harley Ellis Devereaux $14,798,000
46 Bergmann Associates $14,750,000
47 Clark Nexsen $14,659,780
48 SRG Partnership $14,169,986
49 Ennead Architects $14,019,000
50 Environetics $13,769,351
51 Shepley Bulfinch $13,766,081
52 Parkhill, Smith & Cooper $11,742,000
53 BRPH $11,469,607
54 BWBR $11,103,583
55 Cooper Carry $11,014,263
56 HMC Architects $10,550,181
57 FGM Architects $10,355,450
58 PBK $9,890,000
59 tvsdesign $9,800,000
60 Quattrocchi Kwok Architects $9,702,000
61 Luckett & Farley $9,465,860
62 Architects Hawaii Ltd. $9,460,000
63 Array Architects $9,250,000
64 Payette $9,149,773
65 Huckabee $9,120,000
66 Kirksey Architecture $9,046,504
67 Legat Architects $9,015,000
68 NAC|Architecture $9,008,344
69 Moody Nolan $9,006,600
70 RBB Architects $8,980,000
71 Fanning/Howey Associates $7,978,213
72 RNL Design $7,918,643
73 Westlake Reed Leskosky $7,866,667
74 CASCO Diversified Corp. $7,800,000
75 Lord Aeck Sargent $7,549,124
76 Albert Kahn Associates $7,500,000
77 Ashley McGraw Architects $7,455,347
78 Morris Architects $7,330,000
79 Harvard Jolly $7,314,446
80 Schenkel & Shultz $7,153,000
81 Solomon Cordwell Buenz $6,784,484
82 Fentress Architects $6,541,367
83 Rottet Studio $6,480,852
84 Cooper Robertson $6,299,410
85 Anderson Mikos Architects $5,884,260
86 BBS Architects and Engineers $5,500,000
87 Howell Belanger Castelli Architects $5,456,568
88 GWWO $5,342,176
89 Margulies Perruzzi Architects $5,340,000
90 BLDD Architects $5,300,000
91 Montroy Andersen DeMarco $5,030,008
92 Mancini•Duffy $5,000,000
93 FXFOWLE Architects $4,952,542
94 SEI Design Group $4,857,600
95 JLG Architects $4,795,523
96 LMN Architects $4,499,700
97 Sherlock, Smith & Adams $4,487,000
98 ai Design Group $4,127,635
99 Nadel $4,000,000
100 KZF Design $3,782,894
101 Rosser International $3,740,424
102 KSQ Architects $3,690,428
103 Mithun $3,536,000
104 DesignGroup $3,234,923
105 api(+) $3,220,000
106 Wilson Architects $3,200,000
107 TEG Architects $3,167,484
108 PBDW Architects $3,131,797
109 Becker Morgan Group $3,046,131
110 Integrus Architecture $3,018,191
111 JRS Architect $3,000,000
112 Carrier Johnson + Culture $2,836,000
113 Hnedak Bobo Group $2,749,709
114 TK Architects International $2,566,026
115 Cambridge Seven Associates $2,551,000
116 CO Architects $2,480,200
117 WDG Architecture $2,440,524
118 Good Fulton & Farrell $2,400,160
119 Inventure Design Group $2,156,267
120 Massa Multimedia Architecture $2,000,000
121 Hastings+Chivetta Architects $1,862,058
122 FitzGerald Associates Architects $1,835,400
123 Goettsch Partners $1,761,000
124 MBH Architects $1,452,600
125 FM Group $1,404,000
126 GSB $1,282,890
127 Jencen Architecture $1,190,000
128 HMFH Architects $1,012,624
129 Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio $975,000
130 SB Architects $925,792
131 EDI International $850,000
132 ATA Beilharz Architects $616,000
133 Schrader Group Architecture $582,493
134 Davis Brody Bond $565,072
135  Hoffmann Architects $444,840

 

 

TOP RECONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING FIRMS




  Company 2014 Reconstruction Revenue ($)
1 WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff $131,401,721
2 Jensen Hughes $91,200,000
3 CRB $76,848,044
4 Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates $67,773,600
5 Thornton Tomasetti $65,527,258
6 Dewberry $60,119,724
7 Leidos $53,976,000
8 Wendel $52,860,580
9 Core States Group $51,140,425
10  SSOE Group $48,079,120
11 Simpson Gumpertz & Heger $45,971,000
12 Syska Hennessy Group $45,182,785
13 STV $43,281,000
14 Environmental Systems Design $37,253,125
15 BR+A Consulting Engineers $35,000,000
16 Henderson Engineers $33,173,416
17 Vanderweil Engineers $26,163,400
18 ThermalTech Engineering $23,000,000
19 Highland Associates $22,700,000
20 Ross & Baruzzini $21,878,043
21 TTG $20,286,002
22 RMF Engineering $19,820,000
23 KCI Technologies $19,750,000
24 Epstein $18,646,400
25 Newcomb & Boyd $17,936,713
26 ME Engineers $17,041,200
27 Smith Seckman Reid $16,360,677
28 Affiliated Engineers $15,260,000
29 H.F. Lenz Company $15,000,000
30 Dunham Associates $14,000,000
31 Degenkolb Engineers $13,597,001
32 Carlson Design Construct $13,000,000
33 Zak Companies $11,795,711
34 TLC Engineering for Architecture $11,453,660
35 Walter P Moore $11,056,693
36 Walker Parking Consultants $10,890,000
37 CJL Engineering $10,286,815
38 I. C. Thomasson Associates $10,070,000
39 Bridgers & Paxton Consulting Engineers $10,069,955
40 Hankins & Anderson $10,033,474
41 Swanson Rink $9,320,000
42 Heapy Engineering $9,253,141
43 GHT Ltd. $9,138,300
44 Coffman Engineers $8,970,600
45 P2S Engineering $8,132,000
46 Aon Fire Protection Engineering $8,061,347
47 M/E Engineering $7,555,935
48 KLH Engineers $6,632,678
49 KPFF Consulting Engineers $6,272,200
50 SIGMA7 Design Group $6,268,880
51 LaBella Associates $6,005,547
52 Kamm Consulting $5,808,190
53 Jacobs $5,230,015
54 Hixson Architecture, Engineering, Interiors $5,000,000
55 CTLGroup $5,000,000
56 Wick Fisher White $4,949,000
57 Davis, Bowen & Friedel $4,745,110
58 Peter Basso Associates $4,680,000
59 DeSimone Consulting Engineers $4,010,265
60 OLA Consulting Engineers $3,967,800
61 Wallace Engineering $3,820,000
62 GRAEF $3,807,500
63 William Tao & Associates $3,785,078
64 Primera Engineers $3,723,000
65 Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon $3,665,000
66 Magnusson Klemencic Associates $2,688,751
67 Bala Consulting Engineers $2,500,000
68 G&W Engineering $2,204,100
69 Rist-Frost-Shumway Engineering $2,000,000
70 Cardno Haynes Whaley $795,790
71  GRW $718,563

 

 

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  Company 2014 Reconstruction Revenue ($)
1 Turner Construction $2,737,284,000
2 Structure Tone $2,566,184,600
3 Gilbane Building Co. $1,788,350,000
4 Whiting-Turner Contracting, The $1,369,749,628
5 PCL Construction $1,076,381,683
6 Skanska USA $778,766,695
7 Mortenson Construction $736,420,000
8 Consigli Building Group $717,304,157
9 Shawmut Design and Construction $706,182,000
10 Balfour Beatty US $678,173,095
11 JE Dunn Construction $657,784,441
12 HITT Contracting $655,900,000
13 DPR Construction $653,355,000
14 Lend Lease $609,284,000
15 Clune Construction $559,029,708
16 Pepper Construction Group $524,312,250
17 Suffolk Construction $504,918,447
18 Barton Malow $483,598,500
19 Messer Construction $460,286,774
20 Holder Construction $430,000,000
21 McCarthy Holdings $408,676,348
22 Walbridge $363,307,000
23 James G Davis Construction $353,227,747
24 Clark Group $350,789,750
25 Beck Group, The $277,082,899
26 Adolfson & Peterson Construction $260,500,892
27 Flintco $255,870,000
28 Manhattan Construction $230,989,000
29 Robins & Morton $213,900,000
30 Leopardo Companies $211,218,000
31 JLL $204,344,008
32 LeChase Construction Services $204,000,000
33 Kraus-Anderson Construction $203,000,000
34 Walsh Group, The $193,947,736
35 C.W. Driver $190,320,000
36 O'Neil Industries $182,525,267
37 Boldt Company, The $174,299,166
38 LPCiminelli $165,708,337
39 IMC Construction $160,000,000
40 Alberici Constructors $159,878,520
41 Fortis Construction $157,800,000
42 S. M. Wilson & Co. $143,754,811
43 Power Construction $134,000,000
44 Ryan Companies $131,468,021
45 Hoar Construction $125,037,000
46 Bernards $121,000,000
47 Weis Builders $113,799,030
48 BlueScope Construction $111,964,000
49 Paric $110,000,000
50 Schimenti Construction $105,000,000
51 Coakley & Williams Construction $104,427,010
52 Level 10 Construction $101,158,333
53 James McHugh Construction $100,458,258
54 Weitz Company, The $98,012,000
55 McGough $97,000,000
56 Andersen Construction $95,000,000
57 Choate Construction $94,064,627
58 KBE Building Corp. $86,437,734
59 W. M. Jordan $85,657,385
60 Wight & Company $82,518,583
61 Hill International $74,000,000
62 EMJ $66,000,000
63 Hoffman Construction $65,162,999
64 Hill & Wilkinson $60,368,741
65 Yates Companies, The $60,000,000
66 Bette Companies, The $59,014,330
67 Stalco Construction $57,040,000
68 Haskell $53,171,859
69 Core States Group $51,140,425
70 Linbeck Group $44,000,000
71 Batson-Cook $32,534,346
72 Harkins Builders $32,000,000
73 Doster Construction $31,340,717
74 Austin Industries $24,447,099
75  Haselden Construction $23,657,583

 

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