ENGINEERING: Building Codes and safety standards have come a long way in the past century but that’s no reason to write-off an existing building as too hard to bring up to contemporary standards, according to Umow Lai director, Ken Loh.
The crucial starting point from an engineering point of view is understanding what the building will be re-used for, he explains. Then you need to understand a building’s existing conditions, including physical and operational conditions.
In planning and designing the re-love, it’s not sustainable to rip everything out, he says.
Knowing the existing conditions and the goal means being able to identify what can be re-used, repurposed or upgraded, and what absolutely needs replacing.