30 Oct '12, 5pm

Repurposing with a Purpose via @edcmagazine

For builders, it’s often more economical to tear down a structure than invest resources into repurposing it. With a number of old box stores, shopping centers and strip malls sitting vacant, it’s impressive to learn about one such abandoned facility whose fate was revived. Once an auto repair shop that sat vacant for a quarter century, the 30,000-sq. ft. new home of Rice Fergus Miller (RFM) architects in Bremerton, Wash., sits atop a parking garage and feels like “a cross between a warehouse, a nightclub and an office,” said Steve Rice, partner, architect and LEED AP. As a growing and contemporary architecture and design firm, RFM took the opportunity to test its own energy efficiency theories when conceptualizing the new office space. R30 walls and an R50 roof, as well as windows with a U-factor of 0.25, were all employed in the building envelope. The extra-thick insulate...

Full article: http://www.edcmag.com/blogs/17-the-big-picture/post/94744...

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