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"Chapter 13: Building Obsolescence"
Author: Brewster, Sam F.
Published In: Campus Planning and Construction: Physical Facilities for Universities and Colleges
Date: 1976

Old buildings sometimes outlive their usefulness or become so out of compliance with building codes that it becomes a question of razing or restoring.  At that point in the life of the building, it becomes a matter of economics, sentiment, historical value, potential use, and judgement.  If it is judged to be structurally sound if the cost of remodeling is acceptable, administrators should have architects and engineers prepare feasibility studies that would enable a fairly accurate cost estimate.

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