E2. Instituiting Reuse: Achieving Successful Adaptive Reuse of Institutional Properties

APA Pennsylvania Chapter


Tuesday, October 18, 2016
8:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. EDT

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When institutions like schools, religious organizations, government buildings, fraternal
organizations, prisons and hospitals need to move or close, they can leave behind large or
architecturally-significant facilities. Many types of adaptive reuse techniques have been used to
transform these properties into a variety of different uses, including residential, commercial and
community uses, all while keeping the neighborhood character intact. This session will provide
an overview of these trends, present case studies of innovative and successful projects, and
offer best practices for implementation, including insight from the municipal perspective.


Sarah Richardsen, ASLA

Sarah Richardsen is an Urban Designer with the Montgomery County Planning Commission and is currently completing an Adaptive Reuse guidebook for the County. Her ability to shift from neighborhood scale to detail scale during the planning and design process has contributed to the successful completion of the Horsham Business Parks ... Read More

Brian Olszak, LEED Green Associate

Mr. Olszak is a Community Planner with the Montgomery County Planning Commission, and serves as the planner for four municipalities, ranging from a small semi-rural borough to a larger, inner-ring suburban township. Mr. Olszak is currently completing an Institutional Adaptive Reuse guidebook for the County. Some of his other recent ... Read More

Christopher Leswing, AICP, PP

"Mr. Leswing has served as the Assistant Director of Building and Planning for Lower Merion Township since 2004. Mr. Leswing’s duties include long range planning and supervising review of day to land development within a 24 square mile inner ring suburb of approximately 60,000 people. Lower Merion just ... Read More

Contact Info

Susan Shermer, sshermer@shermer-assoc.com