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Adaptive Reuse + Renovation

  • The centerpiece of the main reception area is a feature floating stair. Photo credit: Garrett Rowland.

Adaptive Reuse

Silman’s adaptive reuse experience includes the conversion of industrial buildings to open-plan commercial spaces, office buildings to residential loft structures, and historic buildings into museums and other cultural facilities. Adaptive reuse projects leverage our knowledge of archaic structural systems, historic preservation, sophisticated reinforcing, and the graceful integration of existing structure with new components.


Silman’s engineers approach renovation with creativity and elegance. These projects require knowledge of a broad range of building systems, and our engineers are equipped to tackle these challenges while considering owner concerns such as cost and aesthetics.

We have successfully dealt with a variety of project needs, including stabilization of adjacent properties during construction, design of permanent structures to fit around semi-permanent bracing, and excavation below occupied structures. No matter the scope or scale of the work, we work closely with the client and design team to produce quality results that satisfy all parties.

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