Traditional Building Conference

Chicago 2010: Schedule for Friday, October 22

8:00 am -9:30 am Seminars

T04 Restoring Historic Doors and Hardware

Intermediate 1.5 AIA HSW CEUs
SPEAKERS: Greg Bettenhausen, Owner, Al Bar Wilmette Platters, Wilmette, IL and Neal Vogel, Principal, Restoric, LLC, Evanston, IL

  • Evaluate the condition and restoration options for historic doors.
  • Determine whether historic doors can be retrofitted to meet modern egress requirements.
  • Understand finishing options and the pros and cons of various finishes.

This session will provide a general overview of historic doors and hardware commonly found in the Midwest from ca. 1870 through the 1930’s. Residential and commercial doors will be included, although the primary focus will be on wood doors. Case studies will be shown of a variety of historic door problems on traditional buildings and the methods used to restore them.

P07 History as Centerpiece: Adapting the Historic DuPage County Courthouse

Intermediate 1 AIA HSW CEU
SPEAKER: Meg Kindelin, Associate, Johnson Lasky Architects, Chicago, IL

  • Appreciate architectural challenges such as accessibility, parking needs, structural constraints, MEPFP challenges and constraints.
  • Acquire a brief history of the buildings and adjacent land.
  • Understand the rehab of a significant interior stairway.

The DuPage County Courthouse in downtown Wheaton, Illinois was built in 1893 and is on the National Register. The State’s Attorneys’ Building was built in the 1920’s. They were vacant when acquired in 2003 by a local developer. The 4 ½ story masonry Courthouse was restored and reused as six luxury condominiums and the State Attorneys’ Building was rehabbed as a clubhouse for the condo association. Additional buildings will complete this planned unit development.

T05 Ceramic Tile Replication – When, Why, and How

Introductory 1 AIA HSW CEU
SPEAKER: Roger L. Mayland, President, North Prairie Tileworks, Inc., Minneapolis, MN

  • Identify historical tile and its importance.
  • Develop and awareness of ceramic tile replication process.
  • Appreciate the feasibility and constraints of replicating ceramic tiles.

There are many situations where it may be desirable to replicate tile in both residential and commercial settings. This session will outline the replication process and identify resources that will aid in determining whether it is feasible to successfully match existing ceramic tile for a project.

T06 Natural Stone – Selection and Fabrication

Intermediate 1 AIA HSW CEU
SPEAKER: Laurie Wells, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Old World Stone, Burlington, ON, Canada

  • Understand the limitations of natural stone.
  • Appreciate the long-term benefits of stone.
  • Learn the process of cutting and carving stone.

The process of selecting and fabricating natural stone for restoration is complex. This session will include the selection and matching process for stone supply, followed by site measuring techniques, templating and drawing requirements. Included will be a virtual tour of a fabrication plant to see the high-tech machinery used to cut, turn, and profile stone. You will also see traditional hand-cut methods used by skilled cutters, carvers and sculptors to create one-of-a-kind pieces.

P08 Using Historic Tax Credits for Micro Residential Development

Introductory to Advanced
SPEAKER: Aaron Lubeck, Partner, Author, Trinity Design/Build, Green Restorations, Durham, NC and Gary Kueber, MD, MPH, MRP, Endangered Durham, Durham, NC

  • Understand the value of environmental analysis software.
  • Appreciate 18th and 19th century environmental design determinants.
  • Describe the architectural significance of some historic structures in light of climate.

Rehabilitation tax credits are a large incentive to any homeowner but are often misunderstood. This session will discuss residential tax credits using a case study that aims to “stack” significant historic tax credit with renewable energy credits (qualifying solar panels on an historic rehabilitation).

S07 Methods for Assessing and Improving Energy Performance for Historic Buildings

Intermediate 1.5 AIA HSW/SD CEUs
SPEAKER: Mark Thaler, AIA, Principal, EYP Architecture & Engineering, Albany, NY

  • Discover how to assess a building’s existing energy performance.
  • Understand how historic construction techniques affect energy utilization.
  • Explore examples of how energy efficiencies have been successfully integrated into historic buildings.

Historic buildings are often thought to be “energy hogs” with drafty windows and leaky walls that ooze energy dollars from every pore. However, the truth is that many historic buildings have sustainable attributes, including large windows for day lighting, natural ventilation systems, high ceilings to dissipate summer heat, and incorporation of local materials. You will learn how to analyze the energy efficiency of historic buildings and techniques for improvement.

P15 Private Frontage Secrets (1.5 hrs.)

Introductory to Advanced
SPEAKER: Aaron Lubeck, Partner, Author, Trinity Design/Build, Green Restorations, Durham, NC and Gary Kueber, MD, MPH, MRP, Endangered Durham, Durham, NC

  • Understand the value of environmental analysis software.
  • Appreciate 18th and 19th century environmental design determinants.
  • Describe the architectural significance of some historic structures in light of climate.

Rehabilitation tax credits are a large incentive to any homeowner but are often misunderstood. This session will discuss residential tax credits using a case study that aims to “stack” significant historic tax credit with renewable energy credits (qualifying solar panels on an historic rehabilitation).


9:45 am – 11:00 am Keynote Address

G01 Greener at the Grassroots: Mayors and Sustainability Policy

Introductory to Advanced 1 AIA CEU
Moderator: Peter A. Harkness, Founder and Publisher Emeritus, “Governing”
Panelists: Mayor Bob Dixson, Greensburg, KS; Andre N. Pettigrew, executive director, Climate Prosperity Project, Inc., Washington, DC and more to be announced.

  • Apply lessons learned from mayors who are helping their cities to grow greener.
  • Reflect on the politics and policies that actually support sustainable architecture, landscapes and transportation.
  • Be aware of the relationship between states, localities and the business community.

The public sector at the local level has recognized that a greener environment is fraught with economic opportunity. New Urbanists have been telling us for decades to look to historical town development to unlock the door to livable, cleaner, safer and more attractive communities. Savvy mayors are leading their communities with zoning, building, and transportation policies toward a future that is attracting all age groups back to urban living. Join us for a compelling discussion with three mayors who are designing cleaner and greener communities.

11:00 am -5:00 pm Exhibition Hall is Open

Noon – 1:15 pm Lunch and Learn
(pre-selection required; limited to 50 participants)

W08 The Role of PVC in Sustainable Exterior Building Products

Introductory 1 AIA HSW/SD CEU
SPEAKER: Kristen Nicholas, Channel Marketing Manager, AZEK Building Products, Inc., Boston, MA

  • Learn how to define “green” products.
  • Understand the misconceptions surrounding PVC manufacturing.
  • Appreciate the use of PVC as a building material.

All industries, not just PVC, are facing tremendous challenges today defining “green building.” It is the role of manufacturers to be responsible and to actively communicate sustainable product information to its customers. This session will educate the architect on how to define “green products,” the chemistry of PVC, misconceptions surrounding PVC manufacturing and why to use PVC as a building material.

1:15 pm – 2:15/2:45 pm Seminars

G02 Saving and Reinstalling Historic Sheet-Metal Facades – Live in the Exhibit Hall

Intermediate 1 AIA HSW CEU
SPEAKERS: Anna Margaret Barris, Project Designer, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Springfield, IL and Darius Bryjka, B-W Consultants, Inc., Springfield, IL

  • Acquire a brief history of historic sheet-metal facades.
  • Learn techniques for salvaging, repairing, and restoring historic pressed metal
  • Advocate for historic resources through education and media coverage.

Architectural sheet metal was installed on tens of thousands of buildings across the country because it was stylish, durable, and affordable. This examination of architectural sheet metal will focus on two manufacturers: George Mesker and Mesker Brothers. Included in the discussion will be how to cleverly advocate for the material as well as useful repair techniques.

S08 Thermal Microclimates: Comfort and Climate Response in Traditional American Houses

Intermediate 1 AIA HSW/SD CEU
SPEAKERS: Harry C. Kendall, AIA, LEED AP, Partner; Julia Nelson, AIA, LEED AP, Partner, and Jennifer Preston, LEED AP, BKSK Architects LLP, New York, NY

  • Compare interior living environments from distinct climate zones.
  • Learn to use software to model building envelope, energy performance, and internal comfort constituents.
  • Understand what traditional buildings have to teach us.

We will systematically examine and compare the interior living environments, specifically in regards to thermal comfort, of several traditional houses from several distinct climate zones. Using software to model building envelope, energy performance, daylighting, and internal comfort constituents, we will offer a detail-laden, experiential description of thermal microclimates within the subject houses. We ask, “How, with modern tools, can we preserve an understanding of traditional buildings’ inherently energy efficient character?”

P09 Adaptive Use: Transforming Historic Buildings for New Uses

Introductory 1 AIA HSW CEU
SPEAKERS: Elisabeth Knibbe, FAIA, LEED AP, Principal, Quinn Evans Architect, Ann Arbor, MI, Ronald D. Staley, FAPT, The Christman Company, Lansing, MI, Bradley Cambridge, RA, Project Architect, Quinn Evans Architect, Ann Arbor, MI

  • Identify historic buildings with potential for adaptive reuse.
  • Understand the role of government and non-profit sectors in facilitating redevelopment of obsolete buildings.
  • Discern the layering of financing options to make adaptive use possible.

Using three case studies, the panel will discuss the adaptive use of obsolete and underutilized historic buildings. The case studies include: the Inn on Ferry Street, a conversion of four late 19th century houses and two carriage barns to create a 42 room boutique hotel; Armory Arts Lofts, a conversion of a 19th century prison and armory to create an arts centered housing community with studios and galleries; and the Ottawa Street Power Station, a conversion of an early 20th century power station to create a state-of-the-art LEED certified national headquarters for a major insurance company.

P10 Beyond Tax Credits: Creative Economic Incentives and Financing for Rehabilitating Historic Properties

SPEAKER: Gary L. Cole, AIA, Esq.,, Attorney and Historic Preservation Architect; Outside General Counsel and board member of the Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America, Chicago, IL

  • Develop an awareness of the available public development incentives for historic rehabilitation.
  • Discover lesser-known private financing methods.
  • Research the range of public and private incentives, including new green building incentives.

Beginning with an overview of various public economic incentives, such as Historic Tax Credits, Tax Freeze, Class”L,” Preservation Easements, and then discussing ways to privately finance historic rehabilitation, such as Accelerated Depreciation, Cost Segregation, Private Financing, Syndicating Tax Credits, and even Public Financing, this presentation will enable you to fully evaluate the many ways to fund your projects.

1:15 pm – 3:45 pm Workshop
(pre-selection required)

W11 INTBAU Symposium: Sustainability in the Post-Sprawl Economy

Intermediate – Advanced 2.5 AIA HSW/SD CEUs
SPEAKERS: Michael Mehaffy, president, Structura Naturalis, Inc., Portland, OR ; Gersil Kay, president, Building Conservation International, Philadelphia, PA; Ethan Anthony, architect and president, HDB/Cram, Concord, MA; Stephen Mouzon, AIA, LEED AP, Mouzon Design, Miami, FL; Joanna Alimanestianu, architect and urban designer, New York, NY and Brussels, Belgium; Rebecca Houze, Ph.D, assistant professor, Northern Illinois University; and Randolph Langenbach, architectural conservator.

  • Identify and specify important new tools for the adaptive use of structures and architectural design patterns.
  • Cite research in the sustainability of adaptive use and conduct research themselves.
  • Explain the significance of adaptive use and the opportunities it presents to clients.

Join US members of the London-based International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism, as they discuss the "great reset" in the economy, and in the building industry. Times are very tough - and yet some are doing remarkably well by seizing new opportunities. How are you coping with the economic downturn? How are others, and what can we learn from them? Where are the new opportunities for sustainable projects? How can we take advantage of new grants and funding sources for sustainable urbanism and architecture projects? Come share your own work with others, and learn the latest on the emerging opportunities.

3:00 pm -4:00 pm Seminars

P11 Thinking like a Developer: A Crash Course for Preservationists

Introductory to Intermediate
SPEAKERS: Allen Johnson and Albert Rex, MacRostie Historic Advisors, LLC, Chicago, IL

  • Converse intelligently with developers.
  • Grasp the impact of harsh realities on preservation projects.
  • Think creatively about designing and developing successful projects.

Today’s difficult financing environment has challenged real estate developers to seek alternative sources of equity, including historic rehabilitation tax incentives. Using case studies, this session will provide an overview and understanding of how developers assess a project’s potential, develop a pro forma, and undertake a historic tax credit deal. You will learn the basics of structuring a historic tax credit deal and how you can turn the tax credits into equity for a project in your community.

R02 Green Home Rating Systems (1 hr.)

Intermediate 1 AIA HSW/SD CEU
SPEAKER: Mike Jackson, FAIA, Chief Architect, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Springfield, IL

  • Develop recommendations to make green rating systems more preservation friendly.
  • Appreciate the lag in developing green rating tools that promote building re-use.
  • Identify major categories that are used to measure “green” building performance.

Green building ratings systems have been developed to guide and inform owners, architects, and builders in the environmental impacts of construction. For home owners there are now several dozen different green home-rating systems in North America and Europe, most apply to new construction. These systems rarely identify historic resources or promote building re-use. This presentation will compare several home-rating systems and identify some of the means and methods most important to historic preservation.

T11 Brick: The Original Green Building Material

SPEAKER: Shelly Ross, Director of Marketing, Boral Brick, Roswell, GA

  • Provide Facts about brick’s place in the history of building materials and how brick is manufactured today.
  • Recite key attributes of brick.
  • Discuss information about siding options and energy efficiency.

This session will discuss why brick is an inherently sustainable building material. While brick’s primary ingredients, clay and water, have remained the same for centuries; the manufacturing process has evolved significantly. Siding choices have long-term impact on the environment and the finished product. Energy efficiency, matching bricks, and siding selection will be discussed.

4:00 pm -5:00 pm

P12 The Future of the Past: A Conservation Ethic for Architecture, Urbanism, and Historic Preservation

Intermediate 1 AIA HSW CEU
Moderator: Clem Labine, Founding Publisher and Editor, Clem Labine’s Traditional Building and Clem Labine’s Period Homes, Brooklyn, NY
SPEAKER: Steven W. Semes, Author, Academic Director, Rome Studies Program, University of Notre Dame, Rome, Italy
Recommended Advance Reading: The Future of the Past: A Conservation Ethic for Architecture, Urbanism, and Historic Preservation by Semes ( Norton, 2009)

  • Understand that current policies in historic preservation are damaging historic sites.
  • Learn how these policies need to be revised.
  • Appreciate alternative strategies for understanding the proper relationship of new building to historic sites.

Steven Semes’ recently published book calls for a new alliance between preservation and new traditional architecture. He argues that new buildings should pay deference to and respect their surroundings to create harmonious compositions. New traditional architecture and New Urbanism prompt a critical re-evaluation of current policies in preservation and conservation, particularly in connection with new construction in historic settings.

S09 Evaluating Windows: Restore, Replace or Add Storms?

Introductory to Intermediate 1 AIA HSW/SD CEU
SPEAKER: Susan D. Turner, AIA, PMP, LEED AP, Discipline Leader, Historic Preservation, Bailey Edward Architecture, Chicago, IL

  • Learn to evaluate the condition of a window.
  • Evaluate where energy efficiency and sustainable building blend within the requirements for historic materials retention.
  • Develop criteria to be considered in assessing existing windows.

This presentation will highlight a study performed for the Illinois Capital Development Board that ascertained the capital, operational and maintenance costs of decisions regarding historic windows. Three options were assessed: to restore, to replace, or to add storms. These options were reviewed by looking at as many criteria as could be measured: historic material retention, embodied energy, landfill diversion, energy costs and maintenance costs. The building is eligible for the National Register and is being rehabilitated to meet a LEED Gold Level.

S10 Codes, Credits, and LEED – A Case Study

Intermediate 1 AIA HSW/SD CEU
SPEAKER: T. David Bell, AIA, LEED AP, Bell Architects, PC, Washington, D.C.

  • Understand the steps and constraints in designing for Rehabilitation Tax Credits and applications of technology.
  • Learn performance-based code compliance calculations.
  • Balance requirements for LEED with historic preservation, life safety, and universal accessibility.

This presentation is focused on three phases of sustained effort for the rehabilitation of the nationally significant Old Naval Hospital (c.1865): the rehabilitation design of the two historic buildings and site, including the ornamental fence, utilized performance-based code compliance to provide a universally accessible community center that targets LEED silver certification. Innovative technologies include 3D laser scanning and geo-thermal heat pumps. Funding for the project came from historic rehabilitation tax credits, Save America’s Treasures, and energy efficient incentives. Challenges to be discussed include federal ownership, non-profit long-term leaseholder, and associated complexities for funding, approvals, maintenance and life-cycle cost considerations.

5:00 pm -7:00 pm

Traditional Building Cocktail Reception sponsored by Marvin Windows and Doors
(Ticket Required)
Lake View Terrace



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