Few companies have our level of experience in the adaptive reuse space. Our team at Liles Construction has more than 20 years of experience in adaptive reuse construction for our clients in North and South Carolina.

What sets us apart is an understanding of the “ins and outs” of both the development and the construction side of every adaptive reuse project.

Every step of the way, you’ll find that our contractors and subcontractors have the skills and expertise necessary to navigate the unique variables of adaptive reuse.

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What is Adaptive Reuse Construction?

Adaptive Reuse is taking old industrial facilities, warehouses, and buildings and repurposing them for future use for office, retail, or mixed-use.


The Liles Construction Difference

When you work with our team at Liles, we manage every phase of your project, from pre-construction and design to the many midstream adjustments that arise throughout the life cycle of an adaptive reuse project.

Working with older buildings and site conditions, adaptive reuse projects can take a large amount of coordination, collaboration, and troubleshooting. Throughout the process, Liles Construction becomes your trusted partner, staying laser-focused and solution-oriented every step of the way.

We provide:

  • Pre-construction planning (or “pre-con-recon” as we like to call it) that is both thorough and detailed. This way, our team as a whole is fully briefed and ready to hit the ground running on day one.
  • An estimated degree of flexibility into the initial estimate for what we call the “known-unknown contingencies.” This lends itself well to the surprises that can sometimes surface in adaptive reuse spaces.
  • A skilled team with unparalleled construction experience backed by decades of highly successful adaptive reuse projects.
  • The ability to be creative, nimble, and solution-oriented every step of the way.


Let’s step into two Liles Construction case studies to examine our solution-oriented perspective during an adaptive reuse project:

Case Study: Lintmen's

For the Lintmen’s project, this planned dining and recreation campus was built on a site riddled with contaminated and unsuitable soils, as well as old building pads and foundations.

These unsuitable soil conditions, also known as “brownfield sites” can hamper adaptive reuse, but our team at Liles is well-versed in dealing with these issues.

President and CEO Paul Liles noted, “We work really hard in both preconstruction and construction [on sites like these] to minimize unnecessary soil export. This starts with the design and continues each time we run into bad dirt.”

For the Lintmen's site, we were able to respond and stockpile dirt on-site at each location quickly. The result was a beautiful planned community that harkens back to the mill-working “Lint Men” community of the past and now offers an environment for people to create, dine and play together.

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Case Study: Salt + Vinegar

For this 70,000-square-foot former potato chip factory, our team at Liles set out to create a multi-use space that could create two buildings out of one. One space would be named “Salt” and the other “Vinegar,” but we would also need to create a central courtyard through the middle of each side.

Every step of the way on the Salt + Vinegar project, our goal was to honor the look and feel of its past, while overcoming the occasional hurdles that we faced. In this case, we had to tie the new structure into 16-foot deep existing foundations all within very tight courtyard conditions.

Through it all, we worked through the known and unknown variables. In these situations, “we like to create quick solutions at cost,” says CEO and President Paul Liles. This allows the Liles team to still be able to get the job done for clients, even as hurdles present themselves.

Give Liles Construction an old building, and we’ll bring the experience, flexibility, and proven expertise to build something new and productive for every one of our clients.

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Liles Construction works with commercial clients in North Carolina and South Carolina. We look forward to earning your trust and beginning our partnership. If we can answer any questions, or if you’d like to discuss your construction project further, please contact us today.

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