2022, Quarter 3

Adaptive reuse is a phrase used to describe a form of development that gives new life and purpose to old buildings. In that sense the phrase can also be applied more specifically to interior spaces. The repurposing of a space lends itself to reduction in material use and energy consumption used to perform construction. Repurposing spaces in existing structures is beneficial to revive underused areas for new uses. RENU specializes in reconstruction and transforms entire spaces within buildings to adjust to changing needs. This summer RENU worked on multiple projects that required renovating interior spaces while the exterior footprint remained the same, turning the building into one that functions better for current demands. Eastern Suffolk BOCES Premm Learning Center repurposed 5,600 sq. ft. of space. Being an older building with original construction material made it challenging. Terracotta block and plaster made it difficult to effectively penetrate and revitalize, but RENU’s extensive experience allowed them to both preserve walls while constructing new ones changing the entire floor plan. Classrooms that had once been renovated for office use were reconstructed back into classrooms. 37 doorways were replaced, a kitchen was added and two large bathrooms were renovated into four new spaces. Farmingdale Howitt West Middle School had three separate areas that were repurposed. RENU deconstructed classroom space and created guidance counselor offices with two large conference rooms. What was originally an upstairs library was converted into two new learning spaces. A common space was formed where a masonry stage existed. Greenport School District has a unique building built in 1933 that has only undergone renovation once in 1974. Three different rooms have been repurposed. 1,200 sq. ft. of library was reconstructed into a Home Economics space. The original 1,600 sq. ft. Home Economics room was repurposed into the business office with 2 offices and reception area. Demolition consisted of abating the floor, interior walls, and ceiling. LVT floors were installed. Drop ceilings were added along with new appliances, cabinets, window soffits, air-ducts, and framed partition walls. A Chorus room was replaced with 3 offices and a reception area. RENU abated the old tack boards and ripped up old floors and installed new carpet. RENU, Milburn Flooring, Blendex by Milburn Flooring and Sunrise Door Solutions all participated in bringing renovation solutions and adaptive reuse to fruition.

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