Schedule

Traditional Building Conference Series: Charleston

Join us March 28-29 in historic Charleston for a two day interactive symposium where you will learn from best-in-class experts and practitioners about historic preservation; adaptive use, urban infill, classical design, sustainable design, building restoration/maintenance and traditional craft. Network with your industry peers, clients and the technical representatives from restoration/renovation product suppliers.

Schedule as of February 27, 2017, Check back for updates.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

8:00 am - 9:00 am – Registration, Exhibits and Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - 9:15 am – Welcome and Introductions

9:15 am - 10:30 am - Traditional Doors: A Master Class on Craft, Form and Function

Speaker: Brent Hull, craftsman and president, Hull Historical, Inc., Fort Worth, TX; and author, Historic Millwork, Traditional American Rooms (with Christine G. H. Franck), and Building a Timeless House in an Instant Age.

1.25 AIA HSW Learning Units

Doors are the gateway to buildings and, while we usually take in the whole structure before we enter, doors are the first architectural element we see and touch. So it is not surprising that the cover of Brent Hull’s most recent book features an open wooden door in a traditional stone building. The craft of building, installing and maintaining good wooden doors is an important process for any professional working on historic architecture or constructing new, traditionally inspired buildings. Join a veteran woodworking craftsman for a master class on the history and time-honored methods of construction for enduring performance of traditional doors.

Learning Objectives:

· Review the stylistic compositions and best craft practices to build traditional wooden doors.

· Discuss craft detailing and finishes that expand the life of doors in harsh climates.

· Explain best practices for installation, maintenance and repairs.

· Plan for sound operation in high traffic areas particularly when working in historic residential, commercial and institutional settings.

10:30 am - 11:00 am Networking Break

11:00 am - 12:15 pm - Historic Rehabilitation and Adaptive Reuse: Designing with a Developer

Speakers: Elizabeth Corbin Murphy, FAIA and Dalton Kline, Chambers Murphy and Burge, Akron OH

1 AIA HSW Learning Unit

An important partner in many historic rehabilitation projects today is the developer. Balancing the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation with the financial and aesthetic considerations of developers while meeting codes is an important process to understand when working on commercial and housing projects, particularly when tax credits are at stake. Join an architect and interior designer for practical insights on protecting historic character and designing projects that are on budget and marketable. Plus, learn about the examination, interpretation and execution of historic context in adaptive reuse buildings. You will gain a greater understanding of why rehabilitation is the recommended treatment standard for adaptive reuse projects involving historic buildings and propose new uses while complementing the existing history and physical structure.

Learning Objectives:

· Promote safety in out-of-date buildings: implement current code requirements and conscious decisions without deterring their contextual physical appearances.

· Define elements of historic character that are important to protect in adaptive reuse projects and easily and economically approach interior finishes such as paint, flooring, and window treatments.

· Apply lessons learned from the case studies of adaptive reuse projects presented in the course.

· Ask questions about planning and design that are important in creating interiors that have a positive impact on the project’s ultimate occupants.

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Lunch

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm - Traditional Plaster 101

Speaker: Patrick Webb, Lecturer and Research Associate, The Center for Traditional Craft in Savannah, GA

1 AIA HSW Learning Unit

This session will consider the various material components that constitute heritage plasters, stuccoes and mortars with a special focus on the chemistry and practical applications of the five "binders" or active components that have the most determinative influence on performance.

· Define what "plaster" means in everyday use and how it corresponds to the similar terms of stucco and mortar.

· Explain the important role of aggregates and fibers.

· Provide an overview of the general chemical behavior of the various plaster binders.

· Give examples of practical applications in contemporary building and how heritage plasters have been put to good use in the past

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Break

3:00pm – 5:00 pm - Neocolassisicm and More On and Near Meeting and Broad Streets

Tour Leaders: Greg Shue, Vince Graham, Nathaniel Walker and others TBA

2 AIA Learning Units

Charleston is full of architecturally rich neighborhoods, but the Neoclassical treasure trove in the area surrounding the conference hotel (Mills House Wyndham Grand) is an ideal area for Traditional Building Conference attendees to explore. There are other styles and a rich mix of building materials to examine in this area as well. We’ve invited four local traditional practitioners to guide you through this neighborhood for a thoughtful reflection on what historic architecture generally and neoclassicism specifically can do to enhance the public’s experience. So don’t forget your walking shoes!

Discuss the urban fabric drawn from Neoclassical design principles as evidenced in historic buildings and their settings- streets, parks, and sidewalks- in this historic Charleston neighborhood.

Examine building materials and craft details at close range to evaluate condition, maintenance and deterioration or durability.

Consider the salutary effects of neoclassical design to promote safety and a sense of well-being in dense urban environments.

Evaluate design review results in this historic neighborhood.

5:00pm – 6:00 pm Reception

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

8:00 am – 9:00 am – Registration, Exhibits and Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - 9:15 am – Welcome and Introductions

9:15 am - 10:15 am - Historic Window Rehabilitation: When to Repair and How to Replace

1 AIA HSW Learning Unit

Speaker: Charles, “Chick” McBrien, Regional Manager, Architectural; CSI, CDT; Marvin Windows and Doors, Warroad, MN

This presentation looks at window repair and replacement for historic renovation projects. All aspects of the process including research, standards, planning, window assessment and historic tax credits will be reviewed. A broad range of window rehabilitation solutions will be shown through case studies of historic projects.

· Research and plan for successful historic rehabilitation projects.

· Improve compliance with Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

· Recommend with greater confidence when to repair or replace existing historic windows or install new windows when historic windows are missing.

· Apply lessons learned from the historic project case studies examined in this webinar.

10:15 am - 10:45 am Networking Break

10:45 am - Noon - Historic Tax Credits: Residential and Commercial Rehabilitation

Speakers: Daniel Elswick, Senior Historic Architecture Consultant and Pamela Kendrick, Historic Architecture Consultant, SC State Historic Preservation Office, Columbia, SC. Featuring Betty Prime, AIA, Meadors Conservation, Charleston, SC

1 AIA HSW Learning Unit

The State of South Carolina Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) administers a state historic tax credit program for owner-occupied residential projects as well as Federal and State Historic Tax Credit Programs for income-producing commercial projects. Projects must comply with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and be reviewed by the SHPO before the work is done. This session will address common rehabilitation tasks undertaken in each kind of project. Case studies will be used to illustrate key points. Other tax incentive programs offered for historic properties in South Carolina will be mentioned including programs for abandoned mills, abandoned buildings, and property tax stabilization.

Learning Objectives:

· Summarize the SC state residential historic tax credit program and the Federal historic tax credit program.

· Converse about the application of key aspects of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation to tax credit projects.

· Apply lessons learned from the case studies presented to the design and implement of other historic preservation projects.

· Work with greater knowledge about the tax credit review process when working on historic preservation projects.

Noon - 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm - The Destructive Force of Water and What to Do About It

Speaker: Craig Bennett, PE, Bennett Preservation Engineering, PC, Charleston, SC

1.25 AIA HSW Learning Unit

Water is essential for life and building construction, but when it infiltrates, floods, leaks, wicks, and transmits its way into historic buildings, it becomes a destructive force. It is a topic that can never be studied too much. Join a veteran preservation engineer for an exploration of how water wreaks havoc and what can be done to mitigate, prevent, treat and clean it up.

Learning Objectives:

· Review the common sources of moisture infiltration in historic buildings.

· List preventive maintenance strategies to mitigate water infiltration.

· Discuss design solutions to common problems as presented in the case studies of historic sites in this session.

· Apply lessons learned from project execution when fixing moisture problems in historic structures.

2:30pm - 3:00pm - Networking Break

3:00pm - 5:15pm - A Beaux Arts Revival: The Rehabilitation of the Gibbes Museum of Art - Discussion and Tour

Speakers: TBA

2 AIA Health/Safety/Welfare Learning Units

The Gibbes Museum of Art is short stroll from the conference headquarters at the Mills House Hotel on Meeting Street in Charleston. It was designed by Frank Millburn (1868-1926) in the Beaux Arts style and opened in 1905. The building recently underwent a substantial rehabilitation. This is a valuable case study illustrating many of the 21st century challenges and solutions for museums and other historic buildings in service to the public. Historic lighting, plaster, decorative finishes, climate control, energy use, and historic metals were among the projects in this $14 million rehabilitation. The opportunity to return some of the original design intent for the first floor was a surprise that served the Museum’s 21 century needs. This session will include the opportunity to tour and explore the nearby museum.

Learning Objectives:

· Consider the value of starting historic projects like this with a thorough review of the architect’s original plans.

· Use ideas for restoring and replicating historic materials and finishes learned from the Gibbes Museum Project.

· Seek strategies to reuse historic fabric for modern purposes.

· Improve working relationships with craftspeople during design and construction phases of large-scale projects. 

Upcoming

The Traditional Building Conference Series is proud to announce our July 18-19 show which will take place in Salem, MA at the historic Hawthorne Hotel. Speakers and classes coming soon.

2017 Dates:
March 28-29, 2017: Charleston, SC
July 18-19, 2017: Salem, MA
December 5-6, 2017: New York, NY*

*Tentative dates

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The Traditional Building Conference Series is a registered provider of AIA continuing education credits. Credits for NARI, AIBD, and some NAHB certifications are available.