Traditional Building Conference


Traditional Building Conference Series

Materials and Methods, Princeton – July 21-22, 2015

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

8 am - 9 am - Registration, Exhibits and Continental Breakfast

9 am - 9:15 am - Welcome and Introductions

9:15 am - 10:15 am - The Craft of New Traditional Residential Design

Speaker: Peter C. Archer, AIA, Archer Buchanan, West Chester, PA
1 AIA HSW Learning Unit

The Mid-Atlantic States have a rich tradition of craftsmanship in wood, stone and more. Hear first-hand from Peter C. Archer, AIA, an experienced regional architect about how traditional craftsmanship is integrated into new homes designed in traditional ways. This course will include insights on such practical topics as design challenges and opportunities, durability and utility of traditional materials, planning adequate lead time for traditional craft work, and sequence of craftspeople on site for optimal efficiency on the job site.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain some of the specific qualities of traditionally fabricated stonework, timber framing, millwork and plastering that support durable and functional service.
  • Incorporate time-honored methods when designing with traditionally crafted materials that are different than working with production materials.
  • Consider the following in planning projects: lead time for sourcing hand-crafted materials; planning for multiple crafts on site simultaneously; and adequate time for curing of materials like plaster before painting.
  • Investigate regional historic buildings for precedent and inspiration in new residential design and construction.


10:15 am - 10:45 am - Break, Exhibits and Networking

10:45 am - 12:15 am - Windows and Historic Rehabilitation

Speaker: Speaker: Fritz Winterle, Architectural Consultant, Super Enterprises, Distributors of Marvin Products
1 AIA HSW Learning Unit

This presentation looks at window repair and replacement for historic renovation projects. Research, planning, window assessment, standards, and historic tax credits are reviewed. A broad range of window rehabilitation solutions are shown through case studies of historic projects.

  • Establish the initial planning and research that goes into a rehabilitation project
  • Discuss the standards and recommendations for rehabilitation of historic windows
  • Assess the existing window and door conditions prior to determining a rehabilitation plan
  • Determine window replacement challenges and considerations, especially for historic tax credit projects


12:15 am - 1:15 pm - Lunch, Exhibits and Networking

1:15 pm - 2:45 pm - The Architectural Traditions of Princeton – A Walking Tour

Limited attendance based on the order in which registrations are received; additional tours will be added as enrollment warrants with a different speaker.* Register Early

Speaker: Princeton University Architect Emeritus Jon Hlafter
1.25 AIA Learning Units

While Princeton is renowned for its impressive collection of Collegiate Gothic architecture, it has a rich tradition of buildings reflective of changing architectural styles since its founding in 1746. This tour will be led by Jon Hlafter, Princeton University Architect Emeritus, who oversaw work on the campus from 1968 to 2008. He will share his insights on some of the great historic structures at Princeton, along with balancing changing programmatic needs with the protection of historic fabric, considerations for maintenance and security, and other campus influences during the latter part of the 20th century. Participants will know or be able to do the following after the tour:

  • List important historic structures on the campus of Princeton University
  • Apply the challenges of managing buildings on campus to other types of architectural projects.
  • Reflect on the balancing of change with the protection of historic fabric.
  • Recount lessons learned from specific projects discussed during the tour.

Note: A second tour will be added based on attendance. The tours are weather dependent. In the event of heavy rain, we will have a lecture on a similar topic at the Nassau Inn with similar continuing education credit.


2:45 pm - 3:15 pm - Break, Exhibits and Networking

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm - Everyone assembles and walks to Whig Hall. Please bring rain gear and wear comfortable shoes. This session runs rain or shine.

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm - Whig Hall at Princeton University – History and Renovations – Tour and Lecture

Speakers: David W. Howell, AIA, Princeton University and Michael Mills, FAIA, Mills and Schnoering Architects, LLC, Princeton, NJ
1:25 AIA HSW Learning Units

Traditional monumental buildings often present monumental restoration challenges. Whig Hall is no exception. Home to rival campus debating societies with roots dating back to the 1760s, the current Whig Hall was built in the Greek Revival style in 1897. Gutted by fire in 1969, Whig Hall’s marble exterior was retained but architect Charles Gwathmey and colleagues repurposed Whig’s debating program through a modernist interior. In the mid-1990s, maintenance considerations pointed to the needed replacement of column bases and foundations for the 22-foot-tall marble columns comprising the temple front. In 2010, the interiors were again re-imagined with deference to Gwathmey’s design intent 40 years hence. This session will feature the recounted architectural history through slides and video of the building, utilizing Whig’s main Senate Chamber. A brief tour will follow.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the materials and craftsmanship of both the classical exterior and modernist interior of Whig Hall.
  • List the technical steps to hold the columns in place while replacing the column bases for this monumental temple-front historic building.
  • Explain the cleaning methodology for the marble exterior.
  • Apply lessons learned from the rehabilitations of this neo-classical structure to other historic rehabilitation projects.


4:45 pm - 5 pm - Return to the Nassau Inn

5 pm - 6 pm - Networking Reception at the Nassau Inn


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

8 am - 9 am - Registration, Exhibits and Continental Breakfast

9 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 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.


10:30 am - 11 am - Networking Break

11 am - Noon - Moisture and Aging Masonry Buildings

Speaker: Katherine Ng, LEED AP, Vice President of Development, Wu and Associates, Cherry Hill, NJ
1 AIA HSW Learning Unit

As buildings age, water often becomes the agent of failure to structural integrity and a secure envelope. Whether the water is coming through the roof, walls, windows or floors, a lack of preparedness often leaves building owners with the challenge of finding resolutions in the aftermath. Learn about real world challenges with structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Topics to be addressed will include different levels of deterioration and the implementation of solutions in the field to control damage and extend longevity.

Learning objectives:

  • Review common concerns about moisture penetration as they relate to structural integrity and envelope security in aging buildings.
  • Describe specific moisture penetration concerns as they relate to masonry in aging buildings.
  • Discuss creative design solutions to moisture penetration and their practical execution.
  • Identify preventative maintenance measures to moisture penetration applicable to aging buildings.


Noon - 1 pm - Networking Lunch

1 pm - 2:15 pm - Clay Tile on Campus: Case Studies about Traditional Roofing for Restoration, Repairs and New Construction

Speaker: Scott Lange, Ludowici Roof Tile, New Lexington, OH
1 AIA HSW Learning Unit

Clay tile roofs have a long and distinguished history spanning centuries and the globe. This session will feature a number of case studies about clay tile roofing projects on the Princeton University campus. The case studies illustrate the use of clay tile to serve such goals as durability, wind resistance, compatibility with historic settings, budgetary and life-cycle cost analysis and LEED Certification.

Learning Objectives

  • Apply the unique features of a quality clay roof tile to contemporary projects or restoration work.
  • List sustainability and durability features of this traditional roofing material including considerations for energy efficiency and wind load.
  • Evaluate construction concerns important to successful campus planning and facilities administration including, but not limited to, large scale buildings, long-term performance, LEED certification, compatibility in historic settings, and maintenance cycles.
  • Consider roofing craft practice when designing and specifying projects particularly in historic settings.


2:15 pm - 2:45 pm - Networking Break

2:45 pm - 5 pm - Collegiate Gothic from Stained Glass to Stone: A Case Study of the Princeton Chapel - Lecture and Tour.

Speakers: Art Femenella, Sr.; Femenella Associates, Branchburg, NJ; Michael Mills, FAIA, Mills and Schnoering Architects, LLC, Princeton, NJ; and John Bridges, Old World Stone.
2 AIA HSW Learning Units

Ralph Adams Cram’s collegiate gothic masterpiece dominates the Princeton Campus. Built between 1920 and 1928, it is a bold architectural statement about the values of religion and learning at Princeton in the early 20th century. The building is a testament to the durability of traditional building materials. Traditional materials are sustained best by regular maintenance-the unsung heroic effort of preservation work. While the sheet lead roof and sandstone façade remained in excellent condition, 75 years of weathering of the decorative limestone with iron pins had caused significant deterioration of the ornament. About 450 pieces of carved limestone needed to be replaced. In addition, many of the stained glass windows by some of the most important glass designers of the period, required significant repair and restoration. This session will explore the efforts to maintain this important historic building with special attention to its stained glass and stone work. The program will include a tour and lecture.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain craft practices for the restoration of historic stained glass.
  • Have a greater awareness of areas that may require more frequent maintenance and preservation work in buildings of the collegiate gothic style
  • List considerations for the repair and replacement of stonework on historic buildings.
  • Describe documentation and contracting procedures for restoration of stone and stained glass on a very large scale.


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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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