Old structures with interesting histories give neighborhoods character and teach us about their past. Our mission is to make these (sometimes dilapidated) warehouses a focal point of their neighborhoods, implementing development strategies that are highly responsive to its context. We have transformed the life of these old structures into tech offices, mixed-use spaces and performing centers like the New Orleans Jazz Market. Most sites present atypical zoning conditions and community engagement to get entitlement/zoning approvals for unusual sites/buildings is crucial. As architects, planners and developers we find the triple win to complete these projects- win for the client in getting the program and design that responds to their needs, win for the community in creating a redevelopment that will positively give back to the built environment, and a win for the city promoting smart growth land use patterns. Adaptive reuse is a great way to honor the past while meeting the needs of the present.