Tag Archive for: Adaptive Reuse

Decarbonizing the Built Environment: How the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Are Going Green

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth (SCN) are setting a commendable example of environmental stewardship by decarbonizing their historic convent in Bardstown, Ky. Recognizing climate change as a significant threat to all life, especially the vulnerable, they have committed to a bold plan to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2037 at their ministries in the […]

The Road to Louisville, Ky.: A Historic Revitalization in the Heart of Paristown

In 2020, two architectural powerhouses, Arrasmith, Judd, Rapp, Chovan, Inc. (AJRC) and Schmidt Associates, joined forces, setting the stage for a transformative journey. Mere months before the global shutdowns, the merger birthed a new entity, an extension of Schmidt Associates in Louisville, Ky., with a shared vision of becoming a regional leader in architecture, engineering, […]

Preserving the Past: A Delicate Balance in Historic Preservation

As a father of two, and witnessing how fast my daughters grow and change, my tendencies to preserve moments of the past have increased through digital photography and saving mementos or toys they enjoyed often. This passion for protecting and learning from the past is not just a personal pursuit, but also a professional one […]

Preserving Architectural Heritage Through Urban Renewal

In the ever-evolving world of real estate, adaptive reuse is poised to become the dominant force in the industry over the next decade. In fact, experts predict that a staggering 90% of real estate projects will involve adaptive reuse instead of new construction. This seismic shift is driven by several compelling factors that make it […]

Reviving the Legacy: How a Neighborhood Was Changed Through Education

On Indianapolis’ Near Eastside, the P.R. Mallory factory is a place steeped in history. For half a century, this iconic site was home to pioneers in electronics, electro-chemistry, and metallurgy. However, as the years passed, the factory was closed and fell into disrepair. The building is an anchor landmark for the neighborhood, and its renovation […]

Adapting, Expanding, Prevailing

Schmidt Associates designers work to re-imagine existing space for Spalding University’s physical therapy program On the Spalding University campus in downtown Louisville, Ky., a new school of physical therapy will begin educating the next wave of compassionate, caring, and skilled physical therapists in a $7M building beginning in fall 2023. Located along Spalding’s Health Sciences […]

Owner Perspective: Historic P.R. Mallory Factory Redevelopment

After decades of unsuccessful attempts by for-profit developers, Englewood Community Development Corporation and John Boner Neighborhood Centers managed to revive the historic but neglected P.R. Mallory factory as a community asset. Once the bustling intellectual headquarters of P.R. Mallory & Company, the inventors of the Duracell battery and many other technological innovations, the industrial site […]

Historic Indianapolis Factory Transformed into Cutting-Edge Education Campus

The adaptive reuse and historic preservation of the P.R. Mallory factory—best known for the invention of the Duracell® battery—gives it new life as a K-12 education facility PRESS RELEASE — The grand opening of the P.R. Mallory campus as the new home of Purdue Polytechnic High School and Paramount Englewood Middle School marked yet another […]

4 Tips for Adaptive Reuse in Higher Education

How to successfully expand your campus by repurposing old buildings     Whether you have a building on campus that is sitting vacant, or you’re looking for a new space to expand into, adaptive reuse is an effective option for many higher education construction projects. “Adaptive reuse” refers to giving an existing building—often a fairly […]

Top 6 Things to Know when Considering Adaptive Reuse

We have all heard the real estate mantra “Location, location, location!” However, great location does not also lead to perfect buildings. In fact, oftentimes the least perfect building is situated right on the site you want. And while some may consider a total demolition and rebuild as the only option, there are oftentimes a lot […]