General Abstract

1 - Coastal Resilience: Strategies Addressing Sea Level Rise in Historic Districts

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

With the effects of global climate change, rising sea levels threaten coastal historic districts that are prone to flooding, storm surges, flash flooding, and other ravages from storm events. FEMA and NFIP propagate two time-tested strategies to reduce damage to buildings from storm events. Dry floodproofing strategies work to raise buildings out of flood design elevations. Imagine the impact if an entire city or historic district elected this approach? Wet floodproofing strategies are much more realistic for the average city, building or site. Many historic buildings located in the flood plain have survived numerous storms and have much to teach us. This presentation looks at two significant historic areas, Annapolis and Newport, from the perspectives of government, professional practice and academia, to understand current strategies for addressing the threats of sea level rise on historic resources and presenting these threats to the public.

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Robert J. Hotes, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

Senior Preservation Architect
Joseph K. Oppermann - Architect, PA

Bob Hotes is currently Senior Preservation Architect at Joseph K. Oppermann - Architect, PA, where he focuses on the restoration and rehabilitation of historic buildings for institutional, governmental, and educational clients. Bob’s career covers a wide breadth of award-winning experience in the restoration and rehabilitation of historic structures, as well as the thoughtful design of new buildings and additions. Significant projects include the Michigan State Capitol Infrastructure Upgrade Project, Restoration and Extension of the Virginia State Capitol, a Master Plan for the Restoration and Renovation of the Cincinnati Museum Center, and the Restoration of Lincoln Cottage.

Bob was the recipient of the 2000 AIA Philadelphia Young Architect Award. Bob serves on the National Arts Council of the Meridian International Center and on the Government Affairs and Project Review Committees of the DC Preservation League. He is a member of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committees on 20th Century Heritage (ISC20C), on Energy, Sustainability and Climate Change (ISCES+CC), on the Analysis and Restoration of Structures of Architectural Heritage (ISCARSAH), and on Theory and Philosophy of Conservation and Restoration (THEOPHIL). Bob is an Adjunct Professor in Historic Preservation at Philadelphia University, and he lectures widely on issues of architecture, preservation and sustainability.

Bob received a BSE in Architecture and Civil Engineering from Princeton University and a MArch and Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. He pursued additional training as a US/ICOMOS preservation intern at the Institute Spetsproyectrestavratsiya in Moscow, and as an architectural conservator at ICCROM, the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and the Restoration of Cultural Property in Rome. Most recently, Bob was the 2011 laureate of the Richard Morris Hunt Fellowship, a professional honor for which one American architect is chosen every two years to meet and work with restoration architects and professionals throughout France.


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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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