WS1 - Terra Cotta Restoration Workshop Part 2

Sunday, September 23
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Location: BAC Local 3 NY - 1175 William St., 1175 William St. Buffalo, NY 14206

The Terra Cotta Restoration workshop will feature a full two-day program with comprehensive information on the history, construction, material characteristics, investigation strategies, material testing, removal and dismantling, best practice repair and replacement treatment options, details and guidelines review, and lessons learned case studies of terra cotta. The workshop will also include hands-on demonstrations of terra cotta repair and construction. The workshop will conclude with a full-circle summary presentation on Terra Cotta Restoration and a full panel Question and Answer session with all the speakers and demonstrators.

Bus Departs: 7:30am

This course qualifies for HSW credit with AIA, ASLA and RCEP.

Learning Objectives:

LaLuce Mitchell

Historical Architect
Flynn Battaglia Architects

LaLuce Mitchell is a Preservation Architect at Flynn Battaglia Architects in Buffalo. During college he interned in Buffalo and fell in love with its historic architecture. Recent restoration projects have included the Williamsville Water Mill in Williamsville, NY and the Richardson Olmsted Complex in Buffalo. He is a licensed architect in New York State. He was an APT Student Scholar in 2010 and is vice-chair for the 2018 APT conference. When he’s not out preserving old buildings, he enjoys eating the craziest, most interesting food he can find and taking roadtrips to explore little-known corners of the US and Canada.


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Amy Lamb Woods, P.E.

Director of Technical Education
International Masonry Institute

Amy Lamb Woods is the Portland Director of Technical Education with the International Masonry Institute and a licensed Professional Engineer. Her background combines architecture, historic preservation, and civil engineering materials. Ms. Woods has over 18 years of experience in the field of forensic engineering of building materials. Her experience includes facade and failure investigations with materials such as brick masonry, terra cotta, stone, concrete, terrazzo, and stucco. From the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ms. Woods obtained a BS in Architecture, MA in Architecture Historic Preservation, and an MS in Civil Engineering Building Materials with a focus on cement chemistry.


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Susan Tunick

Friends of Terra Cotta

Susan Tunick is a national spokesperson for the preservation of architectural terra cotta and an established artist living and working in New York. She has completed ceramic commissions for the New York City Subway System, the New Jersey Light Rail, and several New York area schools. She is the president of the Friends of Terra Cotta and has written extensively on terra cotta and tile, contributing to a renewed interest in the use and preservation of architectural ceramics. Her book, Terra-Cotta Skyline, published by Princeton Architectural Press, received several awards including the New York Library Society Award.


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John Krouse, C.E.

Chief Executive Officer
Boston Valley Terra Cotta

John Krouse is a Ceramic Engineer and the Chief Executive Officer of Boston Valley Terra Cotta in Orchard Park, NY. Boston Valley specializes in the manufacturing of historic terra cotta replication, new construction and innovation in contemporary rain screen design and production. John is a graduate of Alfred University with a B.S. in Ceramic Engineering and a minor in Ceramic Sculpture and has over 30 years of experience in terra cotta manufacturing. Boston Valley has successfully completed well over 3,000 building projects with John leading the company. These projects range in size and scope from large government buildings to small private art galleries.


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Brett Laureys, PE

Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

Brett Laureys is Principal and Board member with Wiss, Janney, Elstner, Associates. For the past 23 years, Mr. Laureys has specialized in evaluation and repair of historic buildings and structures. He has conducted numerous condition surveys, overseen preparation of repair documents, and acted as project manager for many large historic masonry, sealant, stone, and terra cotta clad restoration projects nationwide. He is currently working on restoration of Missouri and Wyoming State Capitols, and completed restorations of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Johnson Wax Buildings and Louis Sullivan terra cotta buildings. Mr. Laureys served on the Board for Sealant, Waterproofing, and Restoration Institute.


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William M. Carty, PhD

John F. McMahon Professor of Ceramic Engineering
New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University

Dr. William Carty received a B.S. and M.S. in Ceramic Engineering from UMR (Missouri), a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Washington, and joined Alfred University in 1993. He teaches extensively (engineering classes during the school year and “Ceramic Science for the Artist” workshops in the summer) and has research all aspects of traditional ceramics production. He has collaborated with Boston Valley Terra Cotta over the past decade on quality assurance testing and trouble shooting and maintains a strong interest in creating robust ceramic bodies for outside applications.


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Omar Khan

Associate Professor
Department of Architecture, University at Buffalo

Omar Khan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University at Buffalo, where his research and scholarship spans the disciplines of architecture, installation/performance art and digital media. His projects and teaching explore the intersection of architecture and computing for designing and fabrication in architecture. He introduced digital capture, sculpting and fabrication techniques to Boston Valley Terra Cotta for restoring terra cotta ornamentation. Mr. Khan co-directs the Center for Architecture and Situated Technologies and is editor of Situated Technologies Pamphlet Series. He is coleader of the Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies Community of Excellence (SMART).


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Roy J. Ingraffia, Jr., Assoc. AIA, MS, PA-AIC

Director of Industry Development & Technical Services
International Masonry Institute

Roy is an Associate of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC). He is an Architectural Conservator with experience in design and contracting capacities and his professional work has primarily focused on the preservation of historic masonry structures through research of traditional materials/ methods and development of contemporary restoration techniques. In addition to his work with IMI, Roy teaches the Masonry Conservation Seminar within the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania and is Chair Emeritus of the APT- Delaware Valley Chapter.


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Daniel Allen, AIA

CTA Architects P.C.

Daniel Allen, AIA, is a principal of CTA Architects P.C. and the firm’s historic preservation specialist. He began his career as an architectural terra cotta and cast stone craftsman before receiving a Master’s in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. His work has been recognized by organizations including the New York Landmarks Conservancy, the Preservation League of New York State, and the Society of American Registered Architects. Mr. Allen is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Historic Preservation at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and the President of the Board of Directors of the Historic Districts Council.


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Carolyn L. Searls, PE, LEED AP BD+C

Senior Principal
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Carolyn Searls has over thirty five years of experience in investigation, design, and construction contract administration of building-envelope repairs on both historic and contemporary structures throughout the United States. In her career, she has investigated more than 1,000 buildings and structures. Carolyn has been recognized through speaking engagements, project commissions, and published papers as an expert in the field of preservation of masonry and concrete on historic buildings, and is a fellow of APT. Carolyn is head of SGH’s Building Technology Division in San Francisco.


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Corey Manchenton

Project Manager
Surface Design Group

Corey Manchenton is a preservationist, working with the Restoration Division of Surface Design Group in New York City. She graduated from Columbia University’s Historic Preservation Program, with a focus in conservation. Since then, she has focused on building enclosures, with a particular interest in masonry restoration. Corey has experience with the restoration of a variety of building types and scales, from privately-owned brownstones, to large commercial hotels, providing conditions surveys, leak investigations, specifications and bid documents, quality control inspections, and developing work scopes focusing on the materials themselves and the appropriate restoration techniques.


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Peter T. Flynn, AIA

Flynn Battaglia

Peter Flynn is Design Principal at Flynn Battaglia Architects in Buffalo NY. In over 40 years of professional practice he has provided leadership in design, preservation, and project management. His vision, creativity and design skills resulted in national award-winning projects for historic sites, adaptive building reuse and neighborhood plans for historic housing, churches, museums and schools. He recently received the Henry Hobson Richardson Award for Public Architecture for the New York State Excelsior Awards program. Peter is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Association of Preservation Technology, National Trust, and trustee and co-chair of Preservation Buffalo Niagara.


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Rachel L. Will, P.E.

Senior Associate
Wiss, Janney, Elstner

Rachel Will, PE is a Senior Associate with Wiss, Janney Elsnter Associates in Chicago. She participates in various projects including facade evaluations, condition surveys, structural analyses, repair design, construction document preparation, and construction observation. Ms. Will’s expertise includes preservation and repair of historic masonry (terra cotta) building facades.

Rachel currently serves as the Past-President of the Western Great Lakes Chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology (APT) and a member of both the strategic planning committee and preservation engineering committee, along with member of the student design build competition subcommittee of APT.


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Jamie Farnham

National Sales Manager
Gladding McBean

Jamie Farnham is the National Sales Manager for the Architectural Terra Cotta Division at Gladding, McBean. She has been with the company for 18 years and has prior experience in the ceramic industry. Her experience within this unique industry has developed into a passion for historic restoration and the preservation of America’s architectural heritage. Jamie has been featured on PBS’ Rob on the Road and has conducted tours, seminars and workshops to prominent architects and engineers nationwide. She is a current member of APT and SWR Institute.


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