Traditional Building Conference


Traditional Building Conference Series

Materials and Methods, Denver
Monday and Tuesday, October 5-6, 2015

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(schedule subject to change)

Monday, October 5, 2015

8:30am - 9:15am Registration, Continental Breakfast, Exhibits, and Networking

9:15am - 9:45am Welcome and Introductions

9:45am - 10:45am: Heritage Areas: Conservation, Use, and Revitalization

1 AIA HSW Learning Unit
Speaker: Charles Flynn, executive director, Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area

Historic preservation, infill construction, pedestrian friendliness, and other redevelopment tools are useless if the political will of a community doesn't exist to support them or worse yet, exists to thwart them. Our speaker will draw upon a lifetime of work in both the public and private sectors to demonstrate how to bring disparate groups together for environmental and economic benefit. Charlie Flynn has spent the last 16 years in Yuma, Arizona overseeing the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area. During his tenure, "disparate stakeholders" have joined together resulting in $60 Million dollars in private development while simultaneously cleaning up the environment and increasing recreation along the Colorado River.

Participants will be able to know or do the following:

  • Cite examples of how to foster political cooperation for complex redevelopment projects in historic settings.
  • Consider the importance of recreational assets to community revitalization and improved health and well-being for residents and visitors.
  • Apply lessons learned in environmental conservation to the preservation of the built environment.
  • Be more mindful of challenges and solutions common to the western United States brought about by limited water resources.

10:45am - 11:00am Break

11:00am - 12:30pm: Repairing and Replacing Steel Windows

1.5 AIA HSW Learning Units
Speakers: Jessica R. Reske, LEED-AP, AIA; Hord, Copeland, Macht: Denver, CO and Natalie Lord, LEED AP, BD + C, Architect, Humphries Poli Architects, Denver, CO

Improvements in the manufacturing technology of rolled steel windows around 1890 made steel windows a dominant product of choice for institutional, commercial, and some residential applications through 1950. Like their wooden counterparts, there is a spectrum of treatment options from repair through replacement available for preservation projects today. Steel is still a desirable material for new windows in new construction today. Join two experienced preservation architects as they share insights on repairing and replacing steel windows from selected historic preservation projects.

Participants will be able to know or do the following.

  • List the steps in preparing baseline documentation for historic steel window repair and replacement projects including research, documentation, paint analysis, and hazard materials testing.
  • Apply safe work procedures for steel windows with lead and asbestos present by implementing work plans developed in concert with third party testing firms.
  • Design repair and replacement work with the goals of smooth operation, energy efficiency, and compatible matching of details.
  • Determine the best options for secondary glazing (storm windows) for historic steel windows.


12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch, Networking, and Exhibits

1:30pm - 3:00pm: Sympathetic Additions to Historic and Existing Buildings

1.5 AIA HSW Learning Units
Speakers: Doug Walter, AIA, Architect, Goddens & Suddick Architects, Denver, CO and Dennis Humphries, AIA, Humphries Poli Architects, Denver, CO

There are a number of ways to deal with this, but in this talk the presenters will concentrate on the idea that the building can be given a whole new life through expansion...once we verify that the new program requirements cannot be met within the original envelope. The program will feature case studies and a discussion of "compatibility and differentiation."

  • Recognize architectural styles, features, and "read" architectural intent in older buildings.
  • Recognize at least four ways to add onto historic buildings.
  • Identify the keys to success to adding on sympathetically and avoiding “remuddling”.
  • Discuss how to work within the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation to maximize success with Historic District Commissions or State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) review of projects submitted for Preservation Tax Credits.
  • Design repair and replacement work with the goals of smooth operation, energy efficiency, and compatible matching of details.


3:00pm - 3:30pm Break

3:30pm - 5:30pm: Infill Construction in Historic Settings: Character, Identity, & Materials

2 AIA HSW Learning Units
Moderator: Michael Mehaffy, Secretary of the INTBAU College of Chapters and executive director, Sustasis Foundation, Portland, OR.
Panelists: TBA

As more and more people move back to the city, the demand to build on vacant land is increasing. On the whole this is a good problem for any city to have -- but there are many challenges: Balancing compatible designs, maintaining historic character, and accommodating change. New designs need to work with the neighborhood, and while infrastructure is often in place, it may need to be upgraded to support 21st century demands. Construction sites are tight and fraught with their own challenges and site specific parameters. There is often pressure for demolition of existing houses, sometimes with historic value and character. Join a panel of practitioners for their advice on maintaining neighborhood quality and getting great designs for infill construction in historic settings.

Learning objectives include the following:

  • Respond to the character of the historic setting in the design of infill.
  • Determine appropriate materials, traditional and new, to use in historic settings.
  • Integrate new technology and systems into infill buildings.
  • Plan for safety and the well-being of the neighborhood during construction.
  • Find viable alternatives to demolition, especially of historic structures.

6:00pm - 7:00pm Networking Reception, Offsite


Tuesday October 6, 2015

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

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

9:15am - 10:15am: Low Impact HVAC Solutions in Historic Buildings

1 AIA HSW Learning Unit
Speaker: Scott Intagliata, Unico System, St. Louis, MO

This session will address how to rehabilitate historic structures into high performance buildings by combining the best elements of historic design with new technology. High-performance buildings integrate and optimize the following attributes: energy conservation, environmental respect, safety, security, durability, positive cost-benefit ratios, aesthetics and satisfactory operations. Using two high profile projects, Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, DC and the Harry Truman's Little White House, Key West, Florida; the speaker will address the design and installation of energy saving heating and cooling devices into important historic landmarks with high visitation by the public. The learning objectives for this session include:

  • Increase protection of historic fabric when designing and installing new systems and equipment in historic buildings.
  • Strategize to include the goals of high performance in historic building rehabilitation projects.
  • Apply lessons learned about using small duct, high velocity systems in historic preservation projects.
  • Evaluate the cost and benefits to insure reasonable pay-back periods on the investments in mechanical systems for owners.


10:15am - 10:45am Break

10:45am - Noon: Traditional Doors: A Master Class on Craft, Form and Function

1.25 AIA HSW Learning Units
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.

Doors are the gateway to buildings and while we usually take in the whole building before we enter, doors are often the first architectural element with which we observe closely 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 building professional working on historic buildings or building 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.

  • 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 and specify 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.

Noon - 1:00pm Lunch, Exhibits, Networking

1:00pm - 2:15pm: A Sustainable Tradition: Storm Windows

1 AIA HSW Learning Unit
Speaker: David Martin, President, Allied Window, Inc., Cincinnati, OH

Storm Windows have been a traditional energy saver since the 19th century. They endure as an option for historic buildings because they add a layer of protection to and increase the performance of the primary window. This session will provide a comprehensive discussion of what storm windows can do; when they are best used; what the additional benefits beyond energy and preservation are; and how to calculate the cost benefit analysis of using them. Participants will be able to:

  • Explain why the installation of storm windows is a sustainable practice for historic and existing buildings.
  • Evaluate the energy savings that storm windows offer.
  • Describe the options that are available when selecting storm windows.
  • Select and specify products and designs for specific storm window applications

2:15pm - 2:45pm Break

2:45pm - 3:45pm: 3D Digital Documentation

Speakers: Michael Nulty, Documentation Coordinator, University of Colorado-Denver and Ekaterini Vlahos, Chair and Professor, Department of Architecture; Director, Center of Preservation Research; University of Colorado- Denver
1 AIA Learning Unit

The methods in which we can now measure and record our world including objects, structures and landscapes has changed a great deal over the last decade. With the introduction of highly sensitive survey hardware and software we can now collect data at an incredible volume and detail quickly. One technology in particular has moved to the forefront of 3D digital data collection in the world of remote sensing – Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR). This workshop is designed to provide workflows using this technology. Attendees will explore and understand this technology through the processes of data capture planning, data acquisition, data processing, data storage/archiving and data deliverable creation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to summarize the topic of LiDAR scanning in terms of data capture, processing, storage and deliverable creation, to evaluate the technology as a tool for documentation.
  • Participants will be able to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of deploying LiDAR as it relates to other comparable technologies.
  • Participants will be able to operate hardware and software related to LiDAR scanning to better assess the technology.
  • Participants will be able to organize a LiDAR data set and associated meta data for interpretive and representational purposes.

3:45pm - 4:00pm Break

4:00pm - 5:00pm: Traditional Building Methods and Materials – Five in Ten

Speakers: TBA
1 AIA Learning Unit

Much has been done with rapid-fire presentations in our digital age and some have great application at in- person events like the Traditional Building Conference. Join us for 5, 10-minute presentations on topics of interest to professionals in historic preservation and traditionally inspired new construction. A Q&A session will follow the presentations.

Participants will be able to know or do the following:

  • List essential steps to achieve long-lasting painted finishes for historic and traditionally-inspired buildings.
  • Describe steps to select the right stone from regional quarries for traditional and historic projects.
  • Explain the climate response of wood in the high plains environment.
  • Study regional vernacular details with the practice of sketching
  • Describe a synthetic roofing material that looks like wood shingles and reflect on the role of substitute materials in historic preservation and traditional building.

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​The Traditional Building Conference Series is a registered provider of AIA continuing education credits. Credits for NARI, AIBD, IDCEC, LEED Accredited Professionals, and certain NAHB classifications may be available as well​. Please call for details- 802 674-6752.​


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