We extend the useful life of buildings, enabling them to conform to current requirements for program, code, performance, and brand, while incorporating elements of enduring value. It's a sustainable, cost-effective opportunity for clients to realize a "new" facility.Modernization
Respecting & Responding to Existing Buildings
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Contemporary interventions guided by careful analysis of the original design unlock the potential of an outdated facility.
Communities of faculty offices and student/faculty research spaces help maintain the intimacy of the College’s experience within this expansive facility.
National Archives and Records Administration
arts & culture
What modernization accomplishes invisibly is as important as what it now reveals to visitors.
Hackensack Meridian Health
The region’s only academic university-level teaching center and clinical research facility has undergone a transformational modernization and expansion.
The dialogue that began in the late 1980s concerning how we can best shepherd the legacy of modernism into a durable and sustainable future raises many issues that are fundamentally changing the way in which preservation professionals approach the rehabilitation of a large segment of the built environment. While we may philosophically debate when and how modernism devolves into the polyglot architectural expressions that have proliferated since the 1970s, technically we are dealing with many of the same issues – thin construction, ephemeral materials, naïve detailing and rapidly changing uses that render buildings tailored to a bespoke program now functionally obsolete – that we have been tackling with mid-century structures. Solutions to these problems require a robust, creative approach that fortuitously is bringing more design to preservation and vice versa. One area in particular that has been questionable, if not taboo in the traditional preservation charters, is acknowledging the necessity of intervention that is sufficiently robust to change and improve user perception and ultimately acceptance in order to keep a resource relevant and economically viable. More
No Thermal Break, No Problem: Upgrading Kahn’s Stainless Steel Windows in the Richards Building
In this conference presentation, David Fixler and Matt Chalifoux discuss strategies for making a famously dysfunctional landmark work for science while respecting the original design vision.Modernization Historic Preservation
University of Houston
The centerpiece of one of the largest campus transformations in the nation, this modernization and expansion project celebrates the University's evolution from a commuter campus to a nationally recognized Tier One research university. Our design more than doubles the size of the original building to enhance the campus experience.Community Impact