WS2 - Windows Restoration Workshop Part 1

Saturday, September 22
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Location: Roycroft Campus - 5 S Grove St, East Aurora, NY 14052
CE: 13.0

The Windows Restoration Workshop combines hands-on training of traditional wood window repair with technical briefings on the window preservation standards which will include the results of third-party testing of various restoration methods. The primary focus of the workshop will be the restoration of wood windows; however, steel and leaded glass window restoration will be addressed and demonstrated. Window professionals from the local area will join with international experts in demonstration of techniques and use of materials.

Both the presentations and hands-on training will be held at the historic National Historic Landmark Roycroft Campus and the workshop of Northwood Historic Restoration. The Windows workshop will conclude with a visit to Trinity Episcopal Church to view the stained-glass windows of such great master designers as Tiffany and Lafarge.

As a result of attending this workshop, participants will gain strong knowledge of the importance of saving historic windows and be able to present solid discussion points when working with architects, developers, contractors and building owners. Attendees will also be able to view and partake in the window restoration process. We encourage participants to bring their specific window issues for discussion with the workshop presenters.

Bus Departs: 8:00am

*Total CE hours for Workshop 2 is based on 2-days participation.

This course qualifies for HSW credit with AIA and RCEP.

Learning Objectives:

Arthur J. Femenella, Sr.

Femenella & Associates, Inc.

Arthur is dedicated to the conservation of stained glass and historic wood and metal windows for 44 years. Art marries a strong science background to the art of glass. His firm strives to educate and assist the stewards of our great glass heritage to make informed decisions; this has resulted in numerous preservation awards for his firm all over North America. He has written 50 articles on glass conservation and frequently lectures at both national and international venues. Art is a Professional Associate of AIC and board member of APTI. He is an active member of various other preservation groups.


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Steve Swiat

Northwood Historic Restoration

Steve Swiat is a preservation woodworker/carpenter and the owner of Northwood Historic Restoration. His passion is for preserving the craftsmanship found in historic architecture. As a result of this passion he founded Northwood Historic Restoration in 2002 to restore windows, doors and millwork for traditionally built historic homes and buildings. In addition to his restoration work, he replicates historic windows and doors using traditional construction methods. He has worked on historic landmarks throughout the New York and New England regions.


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Arthur J. Femenella, Jr.

Vice President
Femenella & Associates

Arthur J. Femenella, Jr. is a Vice-President and co-owner of Femenella & Associates, Inc. a nationally known firm that specializes in the restoration of stained and leaded glass, and historic wood and metal windows. Arthur played for the US National under 18 Ice Hockey team. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont where he played both ice hockey and lacrosse and was awarded the Jeff Stone Memorial Award for exceptional contributions by a student-athlete for community service and leadership. He has a Project Management Certificate from Drew University.


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Steve Jordan

Author of The Window Sash Bible and Rehab Rochester

Steve Jordan has been in the old-house business for forty-five years and now repairs and restores aging windows. He is a graduate of Cornell University’s Historic Preservation Program and was a contributing editor for Old-House Journal. He was formerly the rehab advisor for The Landmark Society of Western New York and an architectural conservator for Bero Architecture. Steve is the author of Rehab Rochester: A Sensible Guide for Old-House Maintenance;co-author of Expert Paint: Painting Kitchens; and his most recent book is The Window Sash Bible.


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John Leeke

American Preservationeer
Historic HomeWorks

John Leeke, a nationally recognized preservation specialist, is well know for his knowledgeable and practical approach. He has been saving historic buildings for more than four decades and has repaired, restored, and preserved thousands of windows. He has taught window preservation methods for the National Parks Service's Historic Preservation Training Center, Preservation Education Institute, Restoration & Renovation Conference, Traditional Building Conference, National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference, Windows Conference and Exposition for Historic Buildings, and many state and local historic preservation organizations. Leeke was a co-founder of the international Window Preservation Standards Collaborative and co-editor of it's book, Window Preservation Standards. He has written many window articles for the preservation journals and published a book on the topic.


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Paul Marlowe

ConServ Epoxy

Paul Marlowe has worked in the construction industry since 1974. He started out as a carpenter’s apprentice, became a carpenter and eventually a preservation carpenter. In 1987 Paul started Marlowe Restorations and also began using ConServ Epoxy products. Conserv was established in 1980 and owned by Paul since 2005.


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Nancy Redeye, M.Arch, Assoc. AIA

Sr. Project Manager
Flynn Battaglia Architects

Nancy has provided design and project management guidance for the firm over the past 25 years on projects of varying sizes and complexities. Her knowledge of building materials, components and the construction process enable her to comprehend unique conditions inherent within historic structures. Select projects she has managed include the renovation and restoration of Highgate Heights Elementary School in Buffalo wherein the original, double hung windows were restored with new insulated glazing, maintaining the historic character of the 1929 school building and the restoration of wood windows in the Martin Luther King Casino building within the City of Buffalo’s Olmsted Park System.


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Jodi Rubin

Business Development Manager, Restoration Services
Specialized Property Services

Jodi Rubin's wide-ranging experience includes preservation-related leadership positions in municipal government, higher education, construction and the trades. After 15 years as the City of Orlando's Historic Preservation Officer and 9 years as an adjunct professor teaching preservation at Rollins College, Jodi transitioned to the private sector. She earned her contractor's license and acquired CCS Restoration, a millwork shop specializing in restoring and replicating wood windows, doors and other components for historic buildings across the Southeast. In 2016, Specialized acquired CCS Restoration and relocated its' operations to Tampa. Jodi's interest and wholehearted commitment to historic preservation started with her degrees in Landscape Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a Trustee of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation and serves on the Board of the Window Preservation Alliance.


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Amy N. Swift

Building Hugger

Amy Swift is the CEO & Founder of Building Hugger, a Detroit-based woman-owned construction company specializing in historic window restoration. Amy boasts both local and national business accolades and speaks widely on such topics as creating opportunities for women in the trades and adjusting to a modern regulatory climate. A "recovering architect," Amy started her career as an architectural designer in Perkins + Will’s Chicago, New York, and San Francisco offices. She holds a MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University and a BS in Interior Architecture from Lawrence Technological University. As a Professor of Practice she has taught history, design, and theory of architecture at Lawrence Technological University and University of Detroit Mercy.


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Walid Zaibak

Project Manager
Heritage Grade

Walid Zaibak is a project manager at Heritage Grade, an industry leading architectural restoration company in Canada specializing in woodwork and ironwork restoration. With a background in computer science, Walid has implemented various processes to automate the surveying and cataloguing of heritage assets. Having managed and oversaw over 50 restoration projects including major Canadian building restoration projects such as the West Block Rehabilitation, The Confederation Building Window Restoration and the Bank of Canada Head Office Renewal Project, Walid has developed an expertise in the restoration of heritage light fixtures, wood and metal windows.


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