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Applying Energy Efficient Technologies in the Redevelopment of the Railway Exchange Building

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posted on 2021-10-12, 15:52 authored by Christopher F FranklinChristopher F Franklin
High cost of building ownership and rent cause abandonment of large turn-of-the-century buildings, such as the Railway Exchange Building (Butt, 2014; Kukuljan, 2018). In Saint Louis, Missouri, vacancy in this category exceeds 1.2-million square feet and blights entire neighborhoods (Barker, 2019; Berg, 2010). Comparing the energy use of the building in its present state against one rebuilt for energy efficiency quantifies the cost disadvantage (Weng, 2012). Applying state-of-the-industry technology to improve the energy efficiency and thus the economics of a historic structure advances the Restoration and Improvement of Urban Infrastructure (Morgan, 2016; National Academy of Engineering, n.d.). Installing energy efficient LED fixtures proves to be a cost-effective solution for reducing the energy needs of the Railway Exchange Building. Reduced operating costs improve the viability of the Railway Exchange Building, other similar buildings, and their surrounding areas.


Degree Type

  • Master of Science


  • Engineering Technology

Campus location

  • West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Duane D. Dunlap

Additional Committee Member 2

John H. Dickey