Track 4: POLICY and PRACTICE / Volet 4: Politiques et pratique

Restoration Amidst Regulation

Friday, October 13
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Conservation for public buildings is complex; complying with numerous codes and standards requires careful resolution of inherent conflicts with restoration and preservation. Oftentimes, multiple authorities having jurisdiction have needs in conflict with meeting the needs of multiple levels of users. Sustainability goals and health/life safety codes, in particular, pose challenges to the goal of conservation and retention of historic building fabric. Heritage buildings owned by public agencies are often victims of deferred maintenance and multiple campaigns of well meaning but errant preservation or restoration projects, adding to the challenges of the project. Using two case studies, this presentation will illustrate creative resolution of the above challenges, while simultaneously restoring the significant historic features, and meeting or exceeding sustainability goals.

The first project is the rehabilitation of Lincoln Hall for the University of Illinois, which achieved LEED Platinum certification; the second is an armory for the Department of Military Affairs, which achieved LEED Silver certification, all typical building standards, as well as blast resistance for force protection. The case studies will outline the client programmatic requirements; cover the standards that had to be met, and the methodology for resolving these issues. In particular:

- Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Historic Rehabilitation
- Client standards (University facility standards, minimum military requirements, LEED sustainability goals)
- Modernization of building infrastructure
- Public procurement requirements
- Building, accessibility, seismic and International Energy Code requirements

As will be demonstrated with the case studies, a focus on the core mission of the building and its historic significance, and generating insightful design solutions, facilitated resolution of these conflicts, providing lessons learned which other professionals could apply to their future work.

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Robin Whitehurst, AIA

Technical Principal
Bailey Edward Design, Inc.

Robin Whitehurst, Principal at Bailey Edward with 32 years of design experience, has led numerous historic preservation projects and has previously lectured on preservation practice and methodologies, for organizations such as the GSA, USGBC, APT, and the AIA. Robin is a licensed architect, a LEED Accredited Professional and an active member of the American Institute of Architects. He is also the treasurer for the not-for-profit Partners for Sacred Places.


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Sean Fraser

Sean Fraser has an academic background in archaeology, architecture and conservation. He has worked internationally in the field of cultural heritage management for 25 years. He is currently the Director of Heritage Programs and Operations at the Ontario Heritage Trust where he has led the delivery of the Trust’s Places of Worship Inventory, the Natural Places Land Acquisitions and Stewardship Program, and Trust’s Conservation Easements Program. He has built strong relationships with First Nations, government partners, professional organizations, and property owners. Mr. Fraser lectures on a range of topics including sustainability, adaptive re-use, conservation theory and heritage planning.


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