Adaptive Reuse

The Adaptive Reuse Experts


At Draper Aden, we make your adaptive reuse project easy by providing the services of many technical disciplines through a single project manager. We’ve got your back at every step, from working with municipalities to every phase of a renovation, from due diligence and assessment to designing plan specifications to fit your needs, all the way through construction phase services and documentation.

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As a multi-discipline engineering firm, we’re prepared to see your adaptive reuse project through from start to finish. With established offices across Virginia and North Carolina, we can help you not only with the physical adaptive reuse or renovation but also by connecting you with local architects and teaming partners in the area.


In the assessment phase, we offer the services you need for due diligence for the building and the site and more.


In the design phase, our teams work together seamlessly with our client, architects, and other contractors, giving the owner a single point of contact for a simplified experience.


In the construction phase, our geotechnical experts handle the special inspections needed with ease. Not only does this save you the search for another firm, but our in-house geotechnical team can quickly resolve discrepancies and confirm design details with our engineers of record.


Once the project is complete, our structural engineers and civil engineers can provide a record set of drawings for your building.


In addition to these phased services, we also handle ongoing pieces of the puzzle such as meetings with building officials and communities to secure rezoning and permitting requests. Our environmental engineers are also ready to step in to provide Phase III ESAs and bioremediation if necessary.

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    Our 5 Phase Approach


    Geotechnical Forensic Investigation

    Site Assessment

    Site Zoning Research

    Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (ESA)

    Structural assessment

    Boundary Survey

    UAS (drone) Visual and Thermal Imagine

    Design Phase

    Subsurface Exploration

    Geotechnical Evaluation

    Structural Investigation and Analysis

    Construction Materials Study and Testing

    Utility Designation

    Site Design

    Structural Design, including BIM

    Laser Scanning to Modeling (“Scan-to-BIM”)

    Utility Locating and Maping

    Construction Phase

    Subsurface Utility Marking

    Construction Administration

    Construction Materials Testing

    Special Inspections

    Stakeout Surveys

    Structural Engineering Review of Construction


    Record set of Drawings for Structural Design

    Record set of Drawings for Site/Civil Design

    Additional Services



    Funding Assistance


    Adaptive Reuse Projects

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    Education / Environmental Services / Geotechnical Engineering and Geophysics / Site/Civil Engineering / Structural Engineering / Surveying / Utility Locating and Mapping