Reuse of Existing Buildings to Increase


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Rehab plans will save the former St. Charles Hospital, now known as Fox River Pavilion

CHICAGO—Experts believe that construction costs will continue to climb in 2016 as labor and many materials become more expensive. The squeeze should push many developers and owners to forgo ground-up development, and instead to adapt and reuse existing commercial buildings. This will be especially true for affordable housing projects, many of which already have tight budgets with little room to spare. But experienced builders also say this strategy can provide a lot of benefits.

“The quality of construction for buildings put up in the 1920s and 1930s was, in many cases, superior to anything you will find today,” David Block, director of development for VeriGreen Residential Development, tells “There was a sense of craftsmanship that is difficult and expensive to duplicate today.”…

Reuse of Existing Buildings to Increase

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