Providence always looks forward to opportunities to be involved on adaptive reuse projects. In a world where we are (sometimes) in all too much of a hurry to tear down and build new; adaptive reuse provides a great opportunity for many of our existing structures to be repurposed and get a second chance with a new service life. Adaptive reuse requires close coordination with the owner and architect to be sure smart decisions are made during the design process in an effort to get the most benefit from the utilization of the International Existing Building Code in the design.

The skilled team at Providence has worked on many successful adaptive reuse projects over the years ranging from hundred year old structures in remote areas to change of use projects in urban areas.

"Champion Painting was awarded the contract for Surface Preparation and Coating Application of the Tribeca Pedestrian Bridge, which spans the West Side Highway at Chambers Street in one of the busiest areas of NYC. We knew that this would be a challenging project in all aspects, from protection of traffic and the travelling public to performing the coating application during the coldest months of the year. Champion Painting had utilized the services of Providence Engineering, and specifically Patti Seitz on numerous other projects. For this project, Patti’s design took into account all requirements and criteria. Once the design phase was complete, and while maintaining constant communication with Champion Painting, Patti worked very closely with our steel fabrication shop during the entire process, fielding and answering all questions from the fabricator. As they say, “the proof is in the pudding”, and this turned out to be the perfect dish. This is probably the first job where everything on the drawings matched up perfectly with everything in the field. From the intricate steel cable system to the fabricated outrigger system, a very difficult project was made less so, largely to a design that took into account all of our needs. Great job Patti, and Providence Engineering."

Declan Farrington
Champion Painting