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When: Tuesday, December 6, 2022, 2-3 pm ET

1 AIA Health/Safety/Welfare Learning Unit

Speaker: Aaron C. Ruby, AIA; Owner and Principal, Revival Architecture, Inc.; Scott, Arkansas

Description: The speaker will present two projects completed recently involving major renovations and additions to early 20th century historic buildings located in Arkansas. The Mississippi County Courthouse located in Blytheville and the Tushek Building Renovation (now City Hall), located in Lake Village.

Both projects made the most of retaining original building fabric while introducing new technologies that would improve their service to today's needs. 

We will discuss new HVAC systems, insulation, lighting, accessibility, life safety and occupant comfort and control of their immediate environments. 

One project earned LEED certification and was exhibited by USDA at one of their annual conferences for best practices in investing in small town downtowns. 

Both projects find opportunities for incorporating the history of their communities within the halls though the use of exhibits and storytelling.

Learning Objectives

• Recognize the main challenges of renovating existing historic buildings for contemporary use.

• Assess the specific challenges of inserting modern HVAC systems into early 20th century solid masonry envelopes.

• Strategize about how retrofitting historic downtown buildings can contribute to the sustainability of communities.

• Devise methods to manage changes in building accessibility, security, and occupant comfort in today’s work-place environment.

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