adaptive reuse of Vacant Historic Churches & Mills Buildings
city: North Adams, Community development
Project: Adaptive Reuse Assessments of Historic Churches/Mills
First World Architects Studio developed a definitive listing of mills and churches, after consultations with The City staff. The final assessment package provided North Adams with fundamental pre-development information per each building; which could guide those interested towards effective ideas for adaptive reuse strategies.
The study process appropriately addressed the following questions:
1) WHAT DO WE HAVE?
Review Process: Conducting Existing Facilities Surveys and additional relative to the overall eligibility as potential nomination to the national Register of Historic Places.
Review of existing design drawings, records, photographs, data
Cursory Analysis of existing structural system, mechanical system, electrical.
2) WHAT NEW USES CAN IT HOUSE?
Marketing Studies Reviews: (if any) relating to determination of social, economic and political need for and acceptability of the Project.
3) HOW WILL THE BUILDING HAVE TO CHANGE?
4) WHAT ARE THE BUILDING CODE IMPLICATIONS?
5) WHAT ARE THE ASSOCIATED COSTS?
Preliminary Estimate of the Cost of the Work, including:
Economic Feasibility Studies
Site control and/or acquisition
Pre-design and site analysis services; and,
6) WHAT TOOLS DO WE NEED TO HAVE IN PLACE?
The methodology shall vary in order to provide fundamentally useful answers to each individual question. It is noted that those separate answers will ensue there will be unavoidable, as it should be, integration across the thematic approach.