Built in 1963 and situated on a 4.6-acre lot in the City of Batavia, the Batavia Armory once housed tank battalions A and B of the Genesee National Guard, but has now remained vacant for decades. Instead of demolishing the armory buildings, providing them with a new role could alleviate the environmental impact, reduce construction time, and lower the cost of investment. At the same time, new features could be brought into the existing building from aesthetic and functional perspectives, and be beneficial to the community. Currently, we are facing the COVID-19 pandemic, and the virus impacts our lives and challenges the building’s operation. In this academic paper, the adaptive reuse of the Batavia Armory as a community center is examined, using the theory of adaptability to increase the capability of the building to deal with different situations.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Community centers--New York (State)--Batavia--Design; Armories--Remodeling for other use--New York (State)--Batavia; Architecture--Human factors; Buildings--Utilization; Architectural practice--Social aspects

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Architecture (M.Arch.)

Department, Program, or Center

Architecture (GIS)


Alissa De Wit-Paul

Advisor/Committee Member

Dennis A. Andrejko


RIT – Main Campus

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