Table of Contents
Journal of Construction Engineering
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 5737160, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/5737160
Research Article

Renovation versus New Construction and Building Decision Tool for Educational Facilities

1Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alabama, H.M. Comer Hall, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401, USA
2Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, University of Alabama, H.M. Comer Hall, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401, USA
3University of Alabama Facilities Department, 1205 14th Street, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487, USA

Received 20 April 2016; Accepted 8 June 2016

Academic Editor: F. Pacheco-Torgal

Copyright © 2016 Carrie Pope et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Renovation of an existing building is an accomplished stem of the construction industry because it supplies financial diversification for construction stakeholders. Although several construction planning tools and stakeholder alignment exercises have been developed, no tool exists to assist project owners to decide between renovating an existing building and new construction with a comprehensive decision criteria. The objective of this research is to create and test a renovation versus new building support decision tool for construction project stakeholders. The renovation versus new building support decision tool was created based on an extensive review of existing support tools and construction industry needs. The created tool was implemented to evaluate decisions of educational facilities by university officials experienced in project management. Results show the tool was effective in identifying relevant topics for discussion and guiding a group of stakeholders through an exercise in decision-making. Specifically, the tool was implemented by construction management personnel for university facilities currently under construction to evaluate the decision to renovate an existing building or new construction. The main contribution of this research is a framework and support decision tool readily implementable for construction project stakeholders desiring to determine if renovation or new construction is the optimal path for their specific objectives.