We’re Presenting at the 2019 AICUP Member Meeting on Collaboration!

Please join Steve Bobb, Director of Projects at Dickinson College, Carson Parr, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Partner at RLPS Architects and Michael Rader, PE, CEM, President & CEO at Barton Associates as they present at the 2019 AICUP Member Meeting on Collaboration.

The presentation is titled “A 2nd Life for a 50-Year Old Building” and will occur on June 19, 2019 at 1:30 PM.


College and university campuses in Pennsylvania saw a surge of construction on their campuses after World War II. These postwar era buildings were designed and built to last, but as a 50+ year old building they are outdated in their layout, look and function according to today’s campus and user standards. To meet the desired 21st Century learning and living styles of students and faculty, renovations are necessary but additional challenges are presented by current regulations requiring project teams to address hazardous materials, antiquated MEP infrastructure and a lack of accessibility in these older buildings. While the list of challenges to renovate seems to continually get longer the deeper one dives into the scope of a project, there is real value in approaching the project as a team to define the most appropriate scope and process to maximize efficiencies in schedule as well as get the most bang out of the project budget.

During this education session, the presenters will tell the story of how they worked as a team on different approaches to recent renovations on Dickinson College’s campus. They will review the history of design and construction methods that were utilized during this postwar era of campus growth while discussing the operational, accessibility and efficiency shortcomings pertaining to the physical nature of these buildings. An examination of the different delivery methods and processes that can be explored through a renovation project will be provided with strategies for improving upon these traditional methods based on the experiences and abilities of specific team members. They will share solutions, from both a design and operations standpoint, that help to make renovation projects a worthwhile reality for campus investment and lay the groundwork for the next chapter in a building’s story.