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FEATURE renovation Helping Buildings Evolve Gracefully Structures inevitably change; deciding when and how is the challenge. Kenneth W. Betz, Senior Editor F rom the moment the first tenant moves in, an emphasis on collaborative work spaces, although a rec- ic or aesthetic significance, if not in the strictest of preser- buildings begin to evolve, adapt, and change to ognition for a need for privacy has perhaps tempered the vation terms, then in the sense of reinterpreting the es- suit their occupants. Given the average age of adoption of completely open offices. Teaching, too, has sence and spirit of the original structure. Some members commercial buildings in the United States-41.7 years, become a group undertaking, supported more than ever of younger generations, born long after some of the according to the Institute for Market Transformation, by technology. The same trend is seen in facilities of all buildings now being rehabbed were built, have expressed Washington-it's not surprising that demands on build- kinds, putting new demands on the infrastructure need- a kind of nostalgia and appreciation for things they never ings and the uses they are put to change throughout their ed to support technology. directly experienced. lifetimes. For example, offices of late have been configured with 8 COMMERCI A L BUIL DING P RODUC T S JUL/AUG 2015 Technology aside, there are those who see the value in Other factors that influence renovation activity in- preserving the legacy of older architecture that has histor- clude the fact that buildings, such as hotels and even of-

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Commercial Building Products July/August 2015

Table of Contents I
Table of Contents II
Editor's Notebook
Company Profile
Helping Buildings Evolve Gracefully
Fan-Coil Integral In Hotel Renovation
Reclaimed Water System Scores Touchdown
HVAC & Plumbing Products
Renovation Conserves Industrial Legacy
Windows & Doors Products
Nuts To Poor Insulation
High-In-The-Sky Roofing
Exteriors Products
Youth Theatre An Engineering Challenge
Interiors Products
Building Technology Products
Relamping Brightens Gyms, Cuts Costs
Lighting & Electrical Products

Commercial Building Products July/August 2015