Renovation or new construction? Programmatic, infrastructure, and cost considerations

John H. Starr, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Principal & Director, Higher Education Design
Ben Elliott, RA
Director of Science and Technology Innovation

The easy answer to increased demand for STEM space is to build a new facility, but underappreciated and underutilized older buildings are too often overlooked as a potential resource. John Starr and Ben Elliott examine build new vs. renovate decision-making rationales being employed to meet increased space requirements, and they identify cost mitigation effects of responsive programming and facility reuse. They enumerate key functional needs for STEM facilities including awide array of new space types that respond to the increasingly team-based, collaborative, and interdisciplinary activities. They demonstrate how new construction or reuse might best support the next generation research and learners.

Continuing Education
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
AIA Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW)
Professional Development Hour (PDH)