Businesses searching for corporate offices have developed ataste for recycled buildings, particularly in New Jersey where landis scarce and abandoned manufacturing sites are plentiful, feedinga growing trend toward adaptive reuse. Clearly, architects arefinding themselves shifting between the past and present, oftenrejuvenating the old to create surprising new uses.

Retrofitting industrial buildings in developed suburban areashas become common, says Matthew B. Jarmel, principal of JarmelKizel Architects & Engineers, Livingston. There has been a moveto adaptive reuse projects for three reasons: Location,architecture and cost.

Updating an older building that has fallen into disrepairrequires creative problem-solving. Fortunately, these buildings areusually in good locations. As Jarmel explains, "they are indesirable locations but have become antiquated, from a technicalstandpoint, to be used for manufacturing or warehousing. They'reeither too small or don't have the power requirements."

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