College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Stacy Kolegraff, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


The decision between whether to demolish or renovate a building comes down to which one will satisfy the owner’s needs and objectives while remaining within budget. This project will identify factors in determining sustainability benefits between a completely new construction project that demolishes the existing structure prior to rebuilding and a renovation project that reuses some or all of the existing structure. Research on construction data, interviews conducted with leading industry members, and journals that reported on both these strategies are presented. This project will examine considerations that reduce the demolition’s negative impact on the environment and improve the overall lifecycle of the building, which includes the use of a construction and demolition waste plant to turn that waste into recycled aggregates. The new construction after demolition allows for the installation of modern energy systems that use sustainable and efficient building designs and lead to a long-lasting building lifecycle. Demolition provides higher cost savings and sustainability benefits to the building and its operations due to the ability to reduce the negative impacts of waste by recycling and being equipped with modern technology to improve energy savings through its design and its mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. A design that foresees future upgrades or renovations will improve the lifecycle of a building, leading to greater cost reduction and sustainability benefits by making future improvements more feasible and cost-effective.