Could an Old Factory Be Your College's Next Building?

Reusing existing structures can save millions and maximize sustainability

Could an Old Factory Be Your College's Next Building? 1

Courtesy of U. of California at Berkeley

A former printing plant at the U. of California at Berkeley will be renovated and expanded to house the university art museum, saving some $48-million.

Enlarge Image
close Could an Old Factory Be Your College's Next Building? 1

Courtesy of U. of California at Berkeley

A former printing plant at the U. of California at Berkeley will be renovated and expanded to house the university art museum, saving some $48-million.

Brown University was looking for architects to design an $80-million home for its Warren Alpert Medical School when the economy imploded two years ago, forcing campus officials to rethink their plans. Instead of putting up a new building on an empty lot in the city's Jewelry District, the university decided to gut and renovate an existing structure it owned just across the street—a 1928 factory where the Brier Manufacturing Company once made costume jewelry with the brand name Little