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Redeeming the Intractable Modernist Building
Published July 14, 2021
Presented by Justin Butwell, Marist College | Arthi Kasetty, Harvard University | Kevin Smith, Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Planning Types: Campus Planning

Renovation—opposed to new construction—leverages existing assets, which is inherently more sustainable and cost-efficient, and allows facilities to remain in their established central campus locations. Virtually every campus has at least one building that seems to defy any attempt at renovation, but with some imaginative reinvention, we'll demonstrate how you can transform your campus's outdated facility and realize its full potential. In this session, you'll learn from three institutions' different but successful approaches: wrapping an existing building; inserting new construction within an existing complex; and reorienting an existing building.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify underutilized buildings on your campus and evaluate the potential of leveraging existing campus buildings.
  2. Consider the advantages of additions or re-purposing existing buildings as an alternative to new construction.
  3. Explore creative solutions to overcoming the limitations of pre-existing buildings.
  4. Identify cost-effective strategies to new campus development that make renovation projects feel like new construction.


Justin Butwell, Director of Physical Plant, Marist College
Arthi Kasetty, Director, Office of Facilities Management, Harvard University
Kevin Smith, Partner, Robert A.M. Stern Architects

Continuing Education Units: AIA LU 1 Unit (SCUP56C1272) | AICP CM 1 Unit

Recorded 7/14/21.

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