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Stewardship - Adaptive Reuse

The process of adapting old structures and materials for purposes other than those initially intended.

Albion College Facilities Operations places a high priority on Adaptive Reuse in all construction, renovation, and maintenance projects. Benefits of adaptive reuse include lower material costs, a reduction in our ecological footprint, and architectural continuity.


Science Complex Atrium grand staircase was made from lumber from the trees that were removed from the site in the construction process.









EntrySignCollege entry signs are made from materials recovered from Epworth Hall











The Mosaic on the face of the Ferguson cupola and the limestone in the entry were recovered from the original Administration Building which Ferguson replaced.Ferg_Mosaic








507Another example of Adaptive Reuse is the renovation of the residential annexes, such as the "Owl House", located at 507 E. Erie.  These annexes are typically created from homes on the perimeter of the campus.

Typically, extensive renovations are required of these older homes to bring them up to the expected level for residentail housing.  Handicap Accessibility and modern wiring are two of the bigger challenges



Albion College made history on October 29 as the first college in the State of Michigan to become certified in the Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program (MTESP).

The Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program is intended to organize efforts of the turfgrass industry, state agencies, Michigan State University (MSU), and environmental advocacy groups to advance the environmental stewardship of the turfgrass industry and to recognize environmental achievements. The program was developed at MSU with support from the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation, Golf Association of Michigan, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Michigan Department of Agriculture. Over the past seven years, the Michigan Groundwater Stewardship Program has provided the base funding to develop the program.

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