An Exercise in Reuse, at a Building Level

Friday, September 28, 2018
Kingscote Gardens

While Kingscote Gardens is not a new building on campus—in fact, at 100 years old it is among the oldest—the extensive retrofit project that wrapped up in 2018 involved comprehensive updates to almost all aspects of the building, transitioning it from residential to office space for ten different university programs. The retrofit project included updates to the structure of the building to meet seismic safety standards, as well as high-efficiency equipment upgrades across its energy and water fixtures and systems. The building also now includes a shower, to support and encourage those who bike to work. Retrofitting old buildings instead of building new ones is a representation of sustainability on a grand scale.