General Abstract

3 - Climate Change/Climate Control X Museum Environment/Sea Level Rise

Monday, September 24
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: BNCC-106BC

Climate Control x Museum Environment
Climate Change Sea Level Rise
This presentation will examine lessons learned during 2017-18 conducting assessment reports at Nantucket Island and Key West, Florida. In the summer and fall of 2017 the author served as an architectural assessor for the preparation of Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program funded by the Foundation of the American Institute of Conservation (FAIC) at the Nantucket Historical Association and the Key West Art & Historical Society. Both organizations’ serve the public with museum exhibits and collections, have multiple significant historic structures with collection storage facilities, and operate and maintain complex climate control HVAC systems with varying degrees of success. I will begin my PowerPoint presentation, skillfully designed to amaze and delight the APT audience, with an informed analysis of aspects of the success and failures of these existing climate control systems at both these institutions museum facilities. In particular, my CAP assessment findings will cover many of the measures and methods the Nantucket Whaling Museum has adapted to maintain an appropriate museum environment for their museum collection and museum storage facility. Next, the presentation will focus on the very similar challenges the Key West Art & Historical Society faces to maintain strict climate controlled environments under very difficult climate conditions and within varying existing historic structuress under their stewardship. Finally, the last segment of the presentation will illustrate common existential threats posed by hurricanes and rising sea levels at these two coastal historic harbor towns. Unfortunately, storm damage was a common occurrence at both museums this past year: Hurricane Irma hit Key West in October, 2017 and the Nantucket Whaling Museum was flooded by rising tides caused by the January 2018 bomb cyclone nor’easter. My presentation will end with a review of recommended preservation technologies appropriate to respond to storm resilience and rising sea levels at the historic structures at both these seaside sites.

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Tom McGrath, Jr., FAIA-FAPT

McGrath Architectutre

Tom McGrath FAIA-FAPT, the former Superintendent of the National Park Service Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC), has over forty-years of historic preservation experience. For the last five years Tom has been the Principal of McGrath Architecture providing preservation consultation services to a wide variety of clients including historic museums, preservation organizations, state/local governments, and National Park Service concessionaire operations at Yosemite NP and Yellowstone NP. In 2017 McGrath Architecture completed severla Foundation of the American Institute for Cultural Property Collections Assessment for Preservation Program (CAP) at the Key West Art & Historical Society, the Nantucket Historical Association, Bedford County Historical Society, and the Mack Trucks Historical Museum. Mr McGrath has completed over 29 CAP reports in the past 28 years.


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Mark Thompson Brandt, OAA, RAIC, LEED AP, CAHP

Principal Conservation Architect & Urbanist
MTBA Associates Inc

Mark is Principal Conservation Architect & Urbanist at MTBA Associates, with over 30 years’ experience. Former Director of Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals and of Canada Green Building Council, Mark is a Director of APT, Co-Chairing the Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation (TCSP). MTBA specializes in natural and cultural conservation for architecture and urban design. Parliament Hill projects include $70M East Block Rehabilitation and $100M Sir John A. Macdonald Building, which received 7 National/International awards and 5-Green Globes rating. Brandt is co-author of the national document “Building Resilience: Practical Guidelines for the Sustainable Rehabilitation of Buildings in Canada”.


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