Traditional Building Conference

Baltimore 2009: Schedule for Thursday, October 22

9:00 am – Noon

W05 Installing Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Systems in Historic Public Spaces within Historic Buildings

Intermediate- Advanced                                3 AIA HSW CEUs/SD CEUs pending
            historic Preservation Training Center

Moderator: H. Thomas McGrath, Superintendent, US National Park ServiceHistoric Preservation Training Center, Frederick, MD
Panelists: Ford's Theatre Rehablitation- Mke Giller, Project Manager, National Park Service, Denver Service Center; Dave Bertocci, LEED AP, Superintendent, Forrester Construction Company; and Stephen Tarbuck, Principal, Integral Performanace Engineering; Naval Academy Museum Rehabilitation- Dr. J. Scott Harmon, Museum Director; Aimee Woodall, Project Architect, RTKL Architects; and Ted Wrobel, Executive Project Manager, Coakley & Williams; Maryland State Capitol HVAC Rehabilitation- Tom Foulkes, Engineer, Sidhu Associates, Inc., Consulting Engineers and Bill Smith, Project Manager, Coakley & Williams

  • Understand the importance of preserving and protecting historic building features when installing mechanical spaces and routing new M/E/P ducts, pipes, and cable trays systems in historic structures.
  • Describe the construction process used, innovative materials, and methods available to minimize the risks of M/E/P interventions.
  • Identify various tools used to evaluate and ensure that all new M/E/P systems and associated integrated building controls are operating as designed and at peak performance after they have been installed in a historic structure.

The valuable lessons learned when historic rehabilitation projects have completed major M/E/P retrofitting projects will be shared.  Featured projects are the Naval Academy Museum in Annapolis, MD, the Maryland Statehouse in Annapolis, MD, and the Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C.  You will be able to hear different perspectives as this panel includes building stewards and owners, architects, engineers, and contractors.

W06 Baltimore Building Crafts Tour- Pre-registration required- Attendance Limited

Introductory to Advanced                3AIA HSW CEUs

SPEAKERS: Johns Hopkins, Baltimore Heritage, Inc., and staff from Mark Supik & Co. Woodturning, G. Krug Ironworks, and Hayles and Howe, Plasterers; Baltimore, MD

  • Tour a family owned and operated woodturning business; the oldest ironworks in America in continuous operation by the same family, and an internationally renowned plaster studio.
  • Appreciate hand craftsmanship and vintage machinery.
  • Learn about the many historic places that use the objects made by each business.

This tour will dispel that myth that “they don’t make ‘em like they used to!”  You will learn how to make and repair historic architectural elements on this tour of three workshops owned and operated by very successful practitioners of traditional building crafts.

W07 Classicism & the New Kitchen. Pre-registration required.

Introductory – Advanced            3 AIA HSW CEUs

SPEAKERS:  Sarah Blank, SBD Kitchens, LLC, Darien, CT and Martin Brandwein, Architect and Fellow, ICA&CA

  • Apply classical orders to the design of contemporary kitchens.
  • Evaluate molding profiles and proportion to achieve a design that "feels" right.
  • Look for opportunities to combine modern culinary convenience in a classical setting.

Some of the most successful kitchens combine a traditional look with modern appliances, lighting, and other state of the art devices.  This seminar will focus on the integration of classical language into the design of the kitchen for the twenty-first century.  Through free-hand drawing exercises and examining case studies, participants will learn how to use the moldings and classical orders to create well-proportioned and beautiful kitchens.
Additional topics to be discussed include an overview of the history of the kitchen, cabinetry details, materials, and lighting.

9:00 am – 10:00 am

P01 Life Safety Systems in Historic Buildings:  The Virginia State Capitol

Intermediate to Advanced                1 AIA HSW CEU

SPEAKER:  Matthew Conrad, Project Manager, The Christman Company, Lansing, MI

  • Recognize the limitations of fire alarm systems in historic structures.
  • Understand the applications of fire alarm systems in different areas of historic structures.
  • Appreciate the variables inherent in installing fire separations within historic structures.

Using the Virginia Capitol Building restoration as a case history, this presentation will discuss smoke detection through a VESDA (Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus) system, fire alarm emergency notification through visual strobes and speaker horns, constructing and maintaining fire separations using fire resistant materials, and fire separation maintenance in HVAC systems.  Each system discussed will include the testing requirements to gain building occupancy.

S01 LEED Challenges: Greening A Small Historic Property on a Tight Budget

Intermediate                                                                1 AIA HSW CEU-SD CEU Pending

Traditional Building Magazine

SPEAKER:  T. David Bell, AIA, LEED AP, Bell Architects, PC, Washington, D.C. and Jeffrey Larry, Owner and Woodworker, Restoration Concepts, Baltimore, MD

  • Learn to make a limited budget go further while meeting LEED and historic preservation goals.
  • Know when and how to use the alternative compliance chapter of the existing building code.
  • Understand the importance of setting clear goals and communicating them.

A simple, low-budget project to rehabilitate a vacant 4500 square foot building that was envisioned to simply comply with code became a LEED Silver targeted commercial property.  Practical strategies and lessons learned will be shared.  Performance-based code compliance, integration of architectural craftsmanship, art and custom furniture, innovative strategies, daylight controls, and resources efficiencies will be covered.

10:30 am –11:30 am

P02 Planning  & Probing:  Purposeful Investigation of Historic Buildings

Intermediate                                                    1 AIA HSW CEU

SPEAKERS:  Adam Harrison, LEED AP, Project Engineer and David Brooks, LEED, AP, APT, NTHP, WBC, Project Manager/Estimating, The Christman Company, Alexandria, VA

  • Learn about the use of investigative probes when rehabilitating historic buildings.
  • Appreciate the benefits of good planning.
  • Discuss how building research can aid with the rehabilitation of a building.

Good investigation is needed to determine where historic fabric is present, to establish proper methods of installation, and to establish the limits of design.  Choosing what and where probe investigations are to take place requires research into how the building was constructed and expanded over its lifetime, its initial design of systems and their purpose, and on-site investigation. 

S02 Three for the Price of One: Saving Energy, History, & Money

Intermediate                                                                1 AIA HSW CEU/SD CEU Pending

Period Homes Magazine

SPEAKER:  John H. Cluver, AIA, LEED AP; Voith & Mactavish Architects, LLP, Philadelphia, PA

  • Learn how to save energy without destroying the historic character of older buildings.
  • Recognize that not all energy-focus upgrades are cost effective.
  • Understand the importance of life cycle cost in determining the value of proposed upgrades.

With the increasing interest in sustainable design and buildings, the focus has been largely on new construction and technologies.  Owners of historic buildings often have high energy bills that might be reduced by thoughtful rehabilitation.  A common misconception is that these buildings are inherently wasteful and need major interventions to make them energy efficient, when there are many simple, small-scale solutions to energy consumption.  This session will examine the inherent sustainability of historic buildings and the possibilities for turning them into energy efficient and sustainable buildings without sacrificing their historic character.  A case study of energy modeling will be used to illustrate life cycle and cost/benefit analysis of a variety of improvements designed for energy cost savings.

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

W08 Latrobe in Baltimore: Workshop & Tour- The Basilica and Davidge Hall, University of Maryland
Pre-registration required.

Intermediate to Advanced                3  AIA HSW CEUs/SD CEUs pending

Speakers:  John G. Waite, FAIA and FAPT, and Senior Principal and Clay S. Palazzo, AIA, and Principal; John G. Waite, Associates, Architects, Albany and New York, New York.

  • Learn about the investigation and analysis of historic buildings to determine significance, construction history, and to create plans that provide for restoration in light of life safety and accessibility codes.
  • Appreciate the work of Benjamin Henry Latrobe in Baltimore and the United States.
  • Apply state-of-the-art sustainability practices to the restoration of significant historic buildings.

At the beginning of the 19th century, Baltimore was a major commercial port and arguably the leading intellectual and cultural center of the United States. Benjamin Henry Latrobe, America’s first professional architect, designed two of the most important buildings in the city and nation. Latrobe was commissioned in 1806 to build the first Catholic Cathedral in the United States—one that would epitomize religious freedom. The Basilica Restoration Project received an AIA Honor Award in 2009.  Originally attributed to Baltimore builder, Robert Cary Long, Sr., Davidge Hall was built in 1812.  Recent research indicates that it was the work of Latrobe, influenced by Thomas Jefferson.  This workshop will examine recent restorations of the Baltimore Basilica and Davidge Hall, the oldest extant medical school building in the U.S. and the oldest anatomical theater in the English-speaking world.

Photos: The Baltimore Basilica

2:00 pm – 5:15 pm

W09 Paint Practices for Historic Structures. Pre-registration required.

Introductory to Advanced                3 AIA HSW CEUs

SPEAKERS:  Duffy Hoffman, Preservation Consultant, Elkins, WV and TBA

  • Learn about traditional paint composition and colors.
  • Become familiar with tools, paint removal techniques, personal safety concerns, lead safe work practices, and caulking options.
  • Learn why paints fail and how to select the most appropriate remedies for both interior and exterior surfaces.

This third-generation craftsman will guide you through a discussion of modern and traditional paint methods.  Watch a demonstration of appropriate preparation, paint and primer selection, and application.

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

S03 A Roadmap to Greening Existing & Historic Buildings

Introductory to Intermediate                1.5 AIA HSW CEUs/SD CEUs Pending

SPEAKER:  Eric Corey Freed, Principal, organicARCHITECT, San Francisco, CA and Author, Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies (John Wiley & Sons) and forthcoming books Sustainable Schools (2009) and Green Homes, Green Pockets (2010)

  • Create a plan to save energy, water, and money in most common building types.
  • Understand the problems and issues surrounding our way of life by exploring data in an innovative way.
  • Learn new approaches to mixing building conservation with energy conservation.

Our buildings eternally consume energy and resources.  This session will take you on a journey through suburbia, Las Vegas, and New Orleans to uncover how we are missing opportunities to save energy, water, and money. 

P03 Classicism and Urban Infill in a Historic Setting

Introductory to Advanced            1.5 AIA HSW CEUs/SD CEUs pending

Traditional Building Magazine

SPEAKERS:  David Rau, Principal, John A. Hugo, Founder, and Gibson Worsham, Historic Architect, 3North, Richmond, VA 

  • Study historical design to guide new infill in historic settings.
  • Learn to extract the forms and materials for new buildings from the urban context.
  • Identify several ways to add new buildings to an established urban context.

Participants will be challenged to think about American cities from a classically urban point of view.  The city of Nauvoo, Illinois, and the local patterns that formed during its creation by Mormon architects will be used as an example.  The existing buildings, as well as missing buildings and those that were proposed but never built, were used as a basis for designing additions to the historic grid.  New buildings can embody ancient traditions and express their roles without using symbolic tokens of stainless steel, plate glass, and concrete or by resorting to the use of protective coloration.

T01 Architectural Interiors:  Understanding & Applying Classical Moldings to Today’s Homes
(60 mins.)

Intermediate                                        1 AIA HSW CEU

    Period Homes Magazine

SPEAKER:  Brent Hull, Founder, Hull Historical, Fort Worth, TX and Co-Author, Winterthur Style Sourcebook: Traditional American Rooms (Fox Chapel Publishing, 2009)

  • Learn the history and characteristics of Georgian and Federal style millwork.
  • Design more beautiful and correct moldings in architectural interiors.
  • Examine Winterthur’s rich collection of American architecture.

You will discover the history and characteristics of America’s Georgian and Federal styles, with a focus on architectural interiors and moldings.  The design of Georgian and Federal interiors, moldings, and mantels in period rooms from Winterthur, Henry Francis du Pont’s early 20th century home, will be examined.

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

P04 A Case Study in Structural Repair of a Sandstone Cathedral (60 mins)

Intermediate                                        1 AIA HSW CEU

SPEAKER:  Jack C. Healy, P.E., Principal, Ryan-Biggs Associates, P.C., Troy, NY

  • Identify the characteristics of freeze-thaw deterioration in brownstone.
  • Discuss testing procedures, including anchor testing, flatjack testing, and vibration analysis.
  • Learn about structural loading criteria in a tower restoration.

The restoration of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany, NY was the largest sandstone restoration project and the only stone spire re-erection in the western hemisphere.  Learn to identify and detail some of the structural considerations of the evaluation, planning, and construction phases of the project, including stabilization of the 200 foot high tower, mortar evaluation, anchor testing for new stone attachment, flatjack testing, vibration measurements, and upgrading the roof to wall structural attachments.

S04 Social Sustainability- The Third Facet of Sustainable Design

Intermediate                            1.5 AIA HSW CEUs/SD CEUs pending

SPEAKER:  Tom Liebel, AIA, LEED AP, Associate Principal; Marks, Thomas Architects, Baltimore, MD

  • Define social sustainability and its significance in preservation projects.
  • Identify opportunities and methods to improve social sustainability.
  • Promote civic engagement and community within the scope of projects.

There are three aspects of sustainable design:  ecological, economic, and social sustainability – also known as “planet, profit, people” or “the triple bottom line.”  Of the three, social sustainability is the least understood, mainly due to the difficulty in measuring values like community and civic engagement.  Revitalizing existing neighborhoods and historic structures through historic preservation and adaptive use are good ways to create social sustainability. 

P05 Metropolitan Floor System:  A Case Study from the University of Baltimore (60 mins.)

Introductory to Advanced                1 AIA HSW CEU

SPEAKERS:   George Holback, AIA, and Principal and Anath Ranon, AIA, Associate, Cho Benn Holback, Baltimore, MD and Donald Friedman, PE, Old Structures Engineering, PC, New York, NY

  • Recognize the basic components of Metropolitan floor systems.
  • Understand the impact of making modifications and new openings in Metropolitan floor systems.
  • Appreciate techniques used for restoring and protecting stained glass windows.

When rehabilitation of the 1927 Knights of Pythias building began in 2002 for the University of Baltimore, the design team didn’t know that the building was constructed using an archaic structural system known as Metropolitan flooring.  This system was patented in the late 19th century as part of the search for lightweight, fireproof structural floor systems.  It is a series of twisted steel wires, draped over the top of the floor beams that serve as catenary supports for floor loading.  This presentation will focus on the methods used to accommodate this uncommon floor system as well as other major historic elements of the project.

T02 Plaster:  Modern Techniques meet Traditional Materials

Intermediate to Advanced                            1.5 AIA HSW CEUs

SPEAKERS:  David A. Kemnitzer, Proprietor, David A. Kemnitzer, Architect, AIA, Shepherdstown, WV and Michael Mills, AIA, Morgantown, WV.

  • Learn to evaluate damaged plaster.
  • Determine cost effective plaster repair methods.
  • Develop innovative investigation techniques and tools.

The repair and restoration of plaster is vital when confronted with damaged or missing plaster.  You will learn ways to repair flat and three dimensional plaster as well as techniques used to replicate three-dimensional plaster.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

P06 Getting under the Skin:  Case Studies in Non-Destructive Investigation

Intermediate to Advanced                                        1 AIA HSW CEU                 

SPEAKER:  Richard I. Ortega, PE, AIA, FAPT, and director of preservation technology, RMJM Hiller, Philadelphia, PA

  • Gain background knowledge of non-destructive investigation  (NDI) techniques.
  • Understand the advantages and limitations of applying NDI techniques to building analysis.
  • Learn to maximize the information gained from the use of NDI techniques.

Non-destructive investigation (NDI) is an extremely valuable tool in the analysis of existing buildings, allowing design professionals to augment visual observation early in the investigative process.  Compare the results of NDI testing used for two projects:  Kline Biology Tower and Payne Whitney Gymnasium.

S05 A Case Study in Historic Rehabilitation and LEED Certification

Intermediate                            1 AIA HSW CEU/SD CEU pending

SPEAKERS:  Christine Reynolds, PE, Associate Principal and Historic Preservation Specialist, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., Fairfax, VA and Jack Paruta, AIA, Senior Associate, Gensler Architects, Morristown, NJ

  • Understand evaluation techniques for corroded steel I-beam and strategies to supplement it.
  • Recognize how the Secretary of the Interiors Standards applied to certain elements of the adaptive re-use.
  • Appreciate how current building practices may affect future projects.

The adaptive use of a 1932 high-rise building located in a National Historic District in downtown Philadelphia will be discussed.  The building, which was the original and longtime home of the local AIA chapter, is being converted from Class C office space and ground floor retail to a four star boutique hotel.  The building suffered from decades of deferred maintenance.  The project encompasses many issues sensitive to preservation, from non-compliant fire code and egress upgrades, complete replacement of the mechanical systems and historic windows, and targeted repairs to restore badly deteriorated exterior elements in a visually inconspicuous manner.

T03 Matching Traditional Stonework

Introductory to Intermediate                1 AIA HSW CEU

SPEAKER:  Ken Jackman, President and Founder, New World Stoneworks, Uxbridge, MA

  • Learn to identify and replicate traditional stone patterns.
  • Identify different types of traditional mortar joints.
  • Understand the steps used to match new stone to existing stonework.

Discuss ways to identify traditional stone patterns and techniques used to match new work with old.  A live masonry demonstration will result in the construction of a traditional/historical sample board.

5:30 pm – 6:45 pm

G01 Opening Plenary and the first Clem Labine Award Ceremony -
Preservation's Vocabulary

Introductory to Advanced                            1 AIA CEU 

SPEAKER:  Clem Labine, Founder, Old-House Journal and Clem Labine’s Traditional Building and Clem Labine’s Period Homes, Brooklyn, NY

  • Discuss ways to establish a true dialog in public policy debates.
  • Discover the power of preservation vocabulary.

Words are weapons. Preservation seems politically irrelevant to many today because we have not modified our vocabulary in light of current crises.  Everything is in flux, and many divergent value systems are struggling for control of public policy.  Opponents of preservation have numerous emotionally loaded terms they use against us. Just because we believe we’re on the side of the angels, it’s not axiomatic that everyone else sees preservation in that light.  This session offers suggestions for improving our outcomes in public policy disputes. 

Note:  At the conclusion of Clem’s remarks, the first Clem Labine Award will be presented to an individual who has fostered humane values in the built environment.


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