OUR CORE CONVICTION: The built environment embodies those stories that tell us where we came from, who we are, and where we are going.
"The best form of historic preservation is use. Underutilized and vacant buildings get demolished – active buildings continue to evolve, contribute to our economy, and tell our past and present stories. Historic preservation has too long valued the buildings over the users: as we change, so must our buildings to remain relevant, provide connections to our past, and support our future."
Meghan Elliott, founder, New History
(compared to new construction) – need statistic (economic development) State/Federal - reliable source
% of buildings over 50 years, % of buildings over 25 years (sustainability) Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey - data
"About 70 percent of construction and demolition (C&D) waste ends up in landfills. Although some materials, including concrete and steel, are separated for recycling at waste transfer stations and landfills, many additional materials have the potential to be salvaged, reused, or recycled.” LINK TO HENNEPIN COUNTY WEBSITE
Text and link to UMN Study or Atlas of ReUrbanism
To each of our more than 175 clients, we bring a level of professionalism and scrupulousness which is evident in our work ethic, our responsive communication, our attentiveness to detail, and our diligent attention to short-term concerns without losing focus on long-term goals.
With more than 250 projects, our focus on solutions drives us to help our clients discover paths that may be outside the boundaries of “normative” historic preservation and building reuse.
For more than 10 years in business, we have been treating every project as a journey worthy of the effort to realize big ambitions.
Having worked in over 50 communities, we are highly sensitive to the social, cultural and political implications of our work. We analyze how solutions affect stakeholders to ensure that the success of every project is sustainable over time.