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Choosing Between Renovation and New STEM Construction

Replacing Outmoded Research and Teaching Facilities: Key Decision Points, Considerations, and Deal Breakers

Published 9-12-2018

Determining whether to build a new STEM facility or to renovate an existing building requires weighing multiple factors: budget, project cost and duration, whether the current building has “good bones,” availability of swing space, how the building fits into a strategic plan, and historic and cultural considerations, not to mention project-specific items like the need for a vivarium or maker space or even the requirement to work around a historic Cherokee earthen mound.