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Repurposing Retail in Southern New England

May 4, 2021 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Register

With imagination, planning and research, existing retail and industrial properties can be redeveloped into spaces for entirely new uses. Termed “adaptive reuse,” this approach to real estate supports green building initiatives and benefits local and regional economies.

Many cities in the US have empty buildings from extinct industries. Examples of repurposing can include import/export facilities for domestic and  international businesses, real estate near ports and airports and industrial warehouse buildings. However, in periods of global downturn, more locally based small businesses may grow and flourish, encouraging bioscience, art communities and small retail businesses to flourish in former warehouse and industrial space.


Discussion Points

  • Industrial/Factory Facility Conversions
  • Retail/Mixed Use Conversions
  • Top Trends in Repurposing
  • What to Expect over the next 5-10 years in New England & Mid-Atlantic
  • What Does it all Mean for Architects, Engineers & Constructors?


Presentation Panel

Bruce R. Becker, FAIA AICP LEED AP | President | Becker + Becker Associates, Inc.

Michael W. Freimuth | Executive Director | Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA)

Chris Kervick | First Selectman | Town of Windsor Locks  

Tim Phelan | President | Connecticut Retail Merchants Association


Courtney Hendricson | Vice President of Partnerships | AdvanceCT


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Registration Fees

PWC Members Only – $30.00/person

Non-Members – $45.00/person

Students (Full Time/Undergraduate) / Subsidized – $0.00

PWC-CT Mentees – Free of Charge

Please note:

  • Higher fees (+$10) incurred after the Monday, May 3rd deadline.
  • Cancellations must be made 24 hours prior to the event.
  • All cancellations will be charged a $10 processing fee.


To Sponsor this event contact:

Beccah Eldridge | Sponsorship Committee Chair

860-937-6567 |


If you have any problems or questions about our event or trouble registering please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Jeneen LaRosa

Professional Women in Construction – CT Chapter |860-284-5064 x 325

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