Retail Buildings Reimagined for Community Health, Wellness and Recreation

10/29/2020 1:30 p.m. EDT

Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

Track: Planning, Design and Maintenance


As the business model for retail continues to evolve away from brick-and-mortar stores, many communities are finding themselves faced with large, vacant big-box stores and mall properties. Astute community leaders understand that vacant retail properties impact surrounding land values and are taking a proactive approach to re-imagining these properties as new centers of community health, wellness and recreation. In this session, we will explore the guiding principles for successful, adaptive reuse of these properties and case studies that demonstrate an emerging facility model that blends community recreation, clinical health, complementary retail and other creative community partnerships.


Learning Outcomes:

Learn about some of the key functional challenges with adapting existing retail properties for recreation and wellness use.

Learn about some key indicators that make an existing facility a good candidate for adapative reuse.

Learn about precedent case studies around the country of blended health, wellness, and recreation facilities and emerging creative partnerships.



Lindsey Peckinpaugh

Principal, Perkins+Will (formerly Sink Combs Dethlefs)

Lindsey Peckinpaugh is the practice leader for sports, recreation and entertainment in Perkins and Will’s Chicago, Illinois, office. A licensed architect, Peckinpaugh has had the honor of advising numerous park districts and municipalities through feasibility studies, successful referendum campaigns, and the design and construction of community recreation facilities.

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