Track 4: This New World: Preservation technology and emerging issues within our historic buildings and built landscapes

General Abstract

2 - Avoiding Mistakes when Integrating MEP System Upgrades into our Historic Buildings

Wednesday, September 26
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: HYATT-Delaware

Integrating new mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems into historic buildings is not simple, is not straight forward, is not "cook-book," and is not an exact science. Respect for the historic structure is critical, and collaboration with architects, historians, conservators, owners, contractors, the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ), and all other team members is a must. Engineers must listen to what the building is telling the design team regarding the integration of modern mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems. This presentation will discuss experiences dealing with the integration of MEP systems into buildings such as the Michigan State Capitol – Lansing, MI,; the Wyoming State Capitol – Master Plan and Renovation/Historic Restoration – Cheyenne, WY; the New Jersey Executive Statehouse Comprehensive Renovation, Trenton, NJ; the Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion – Historic Facilities Conditions Assessment – Chevy Chase, MD; the Clara Barton Apartment – Historic Restoration – Washington, D.C.; the United States Supreme Court Building – Modernization and Renovation – Washington, D.C.; the Virginia State Capitol – Historic Restoration – Richmond, VA; the Lincoln Cottage – Lincoln Administration and Visitor Center – Washington, D.C.; and the Please Touch Museum - Condition Assessment Study - Philadelphia, PA.

Learning Objectives:

J. Michael. Galway, PE, LEED BD+C, CPD

Mechanical Professional Engineer & Managing Principal - DC Office
Loring Consulting Engineers, Inc.

Mr. Galway is a Professional Engineer, an ASHRAE Member, is Certified in Plumbing Design & is LEED© Accredited Professional with 35 years of experience in designing many of our nation’s treasured landmarks. Mr. Galway’s restoration projects include the Moultrie Courthouse, the US Supreme Court, the Virginia School for the Deaf & Blind, the Maguire Hall & Healy Hall buildings, the Guaranty Building, the Gideon Putnam Resort & Spa, the Smithsonian “Castle” Building & Arts & Industries Building, and Ford’s Theatre. Mr. Galway is currently working on the Wyoming State Capitol, the Michigan State Capitol, and the New Jersey State House.


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David N. Fixler, FAIA, LEED AP BD&C

David Fixler, Architect

David Fixler, FAIA is an architect specializing in the rehabilitation of modern structures including works such as Alvar Aalto’s Baker House, and Eero Saarinen's Kresge Auditorium and Chapel - all at MIT, Louis Kahn’s Richards Labs at the University of Pennsylvania and the United Nations Headquarters. A frequent contributor to the evolving dialogue on modern structures and preservation theory, David’s work has been published internationally and he has lectured and taught at numerous institutions and events throughout the United States and 12 other countries on 5 continents. His writings include Aalto and America, published in 2012 by Yale University Press (with Stanford Anderson and Gail Fenske), articles in journals such as Change Over Time, CRM, Architecture Boston, the DOCOMOMO Journal, Traditional Building, Ptah and Spazio. He has guest edited special issues of the Journal of Architectural Conservation and the APT Bulletin, to which he is also a frequent contributor. David has helped organize numerous conferences on a wide-range of topics. A Peer Review architect for the GSA, he plays a leadership role in a variety of global organizations, including APT (co-founder and past Co-Chair of the Technical Committee on Modern Heritage), the Society of Architectural Historians and DOCOMOMO.


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