Lunchtime Learning: Unique Challenges of Adaptive Reuse

  • Date

    Friday, May 19 2023

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location


This presentation offers an overview of the most significant design considerations and unique challenges in the architectural, MEP, and structural design of adaptive reuse projects.  During the presentation, the speakers will use their past experience on various conversion types to emphasize the importance of field verification and close collaboration of all the design team members.  The speakers will focus on the practical aspects of the design and provide examples of construction administration challenges along with strategies to minimize the impact on base building.  SK&A Structural Engineers will be joined by Cooper Carry Architects and SSA Engineering to discuss this popular design option. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the importance of due diligence and field verification.
  • Describe strategies to minimize impact on base building.
  • Explore most common design aspects of adaptive reuse projects.
  • Identify greatest construction administration challenges.

Presented by:

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Monika Crandall, PE, LEED AP

Sr. Project Manager, SK&A Structural Engineers

Monika Crandall, a Sr. Project Manager with SK&A, joined the firm in 2006 and is responsible for structural design and analysis, the preparation of project drawings and specifications, shop drawing approvals, and field inspection of projects for conformance with design drawings.  She is proficient in the analysis and design of building structures as well as figuring out the most appropriate and cost-effective solutions for challenging structural problems.  Her project portfolio includes many of SK&A’s large high-rise office and residential buildings, hospitals and laboratory facilities, parking garages, and several of SK&A’s award-winning projects including The Palisades of Towson and North Bethesda Market. 


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Heidi Leinbach, AIA, NCARB

Associate Principal, Cooper Carry

Heidi is an Associate Principal at Cooper Carry’s Alexandria, VA office.  With over 15 years of experience as an architect, she is a leader within Cooper Carry’s Mixed use and K-12 studios with an emphasis on adaptive reuse projects in both studios.   

Heidi joined Cooper Carry in 2017 after running a small architectural office in Washington, DC for eight years.  She brings a diverse background of work to Cooper Carry including office buildings, retail, multi-family, and single-family residential projects.  Heidi moved to Virginia in 2006 after earning her bachelor’s degree at the University of Florida to complete her studies at the University of Virginia and has been living in northern VA since 2008.  She is a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB) and recently served the City of Alexandria on the Parker Grey Board of Architectural Review.


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Andrew Schwartz, PE

Managing Principal, SSA Engineering

Andy is managing principal at Schwartz, Sievers, Anoia (SSA) Engineering located in Bethesda, Maryland and is responsible for overseeing the company’s MEP design work from concept through construction. SSA Engineering specializes in finding innovative solutions for commercial and residential MEP project design.

Andy received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland. As an Engineer, Andy has 35+ years of experience in handling a wide variety of project types and is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). His project experiences range from midrise and high rise residential, mixed use, office buildings, apartments, and hospitality, to adaptive reuse and renovation. These projects have provided him with a diverse and unique set of design and construction skills. Andy’s specific strengths lie in Owner/Architect relationships.

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SK&A Structural Engineers