Historical Building Construction
Laidlaw Building & Development acknowledges that one of the most sustainable types of construction is the preservation, restoration, reconstruction and/or the rehabilitation of historical buildings. The process to successfully preserve, restore, reconstruct, and/or rehabilitate a historical building is one that requires in-depth planning, knowledge, coordination, and care.
LBD's hands-on method allows for understanding the best approach and the most appropriate treatment, for a historical landscape or building, which is vital to the project's success. The choice of treatment depends on a variety of factors, including the property's historical significance, physical condition, proposed use, and intended interpretation.
An essential, practical question to ask is: Will the building be used as it was historically or will it be granted a new use? Many historic buildings can be modified for new uses without seriously damaging their historic character.
Historic buildings are used as the example below. The decision-making process would be similar to other property types. More frequently, buildings that contribute to the significance of a historic district but are not individually listed in the National Register undergo Rehabilitation for a compatible new use.
Types Of Historical Construction:
- Preservation construction focuses on the maintenance and repair of existing historic materials and retention of a property's form as it has evolved over time.
- Rehabilitation construction acknowledges the need to alter or add to a historic property to meet continuing or changing uses while retaining the property's historic character.
- Restoration construction depicts a property at a particular period of time in its history while removing evidence of other periods.
- Reconstruction enables the ability to re-create vanished or non-surviving portions of a property for each client's interpretive purposes and vision.