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

General Abstract

3 - Elevating Historic Buildings to Prevent Flood Damage

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

There are times where the world seems to spin faster, with tremendous technological advancements occurring in conjunction with mounting social and environmental needs. In these rapidly changing times, preservation and adaptive reuse takes on new meaning, evolving to address emerging issues while at the same time maintaining historical accuracies and respecting the vision of the original design. This track will explore how adaptive reuse and new preservation technologies can address emerging issues, such as disaster resilience, stormwater management, ecological services, evolving energy systems, healthy lifestyles, food security, mobile populations, generational needs and differences, resource depletion, etc.
Topics may include:
• Examination of social and environmental needs in relation to historic preservation
• Obtaining balance between multiple and sometimes conflicting needs for livable cities
• Challenges to preserving the historic character of cities such as Buffalo where traditional industries that helped the cities grow and flourish are no longer present or are greatly diminished.
• Fitting uses that did not exist 50 years ago into existing buildings or creating new building types with existing buildings

The concept of preservation has been that historic buildings should be kept intact, and in place. In many places that tenet will be directly challenged by rising sea level, the most dramatic effect of changing climate.
Presentation points to be made:
1. How to Mitigate historic properties to minimize damage in the next flood or hurricane, and to retain their historic character.
2. National Flood Insurance Program regulations that apply to historic properties.
3. The use of Flood Resistant Design Guidelines.
4. Water-repellant materials and devices.
5. Good & Bad examples of elevated houses.
6. Comparison of damage, post-hurricane, to elevated and non-elevated structures.

This presentation brings the discussion of disaster resilience to the APT audiences. There is a larger frequency of storms in this century. We show ways to preserve the historic character of buildings and neighborhoods.

Learning Objectives:

Larry Moss, Registered Architect

Historic Preservation Technical Specialist
New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation

EDUCATION, TRAINING, CERTIFICATIONS: Bachelor of Architecture (5-yr) degree; Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio..
State Architectural License: New York
20+ years of Architectureal design experience for the following building types: Government, Historical, K-12 Schools, University, Health-care, Industrial, Retail, Religious, and Residential.
1. NYS Historic Preservation Office, Waterford, NY: Historic Preservation Technical Specialist; reviewing submissions from FEMA and other disaster agencies; as well as Historic Tax Credits and Weatherization projects.
2. CDM Smith (Camp, Dresser, McKee), Lincroft, NJ: Senior Architect/ Historic Preservation; working with FEMA for Hurricane Sandy disaster relief.
3. Larry K Moss, Architect; Troy, NY: Principal Architect. Designed building projects for library addition, house remodel, roof replacements, wrote specifications, estimated construction costs, designed and built the renovation of a residence.
4. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Albany, NY. Environmental Historic Preservation (EHP) Cadre, Historic Preservation Specialist. I reviewed Project Worksheets for compliance with Historic Preservation laws and wrote consultations to the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), both for public assistance projects and for Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs (HMGP).
5. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Albany, NY. Hazard Mitigation Cadre, HM Engineer & Architect Specialist. I attended meetings to introduce the idea of mitigation to the facility owners, estimated costs and helped Project Specialists write up the mitigation.
6. Einhorn, Yaffee, Prescott (EYP) Architects & Engineers; Albany, NY. Wrote specifications for various US embassy and school projects.
7. State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Planning and Architecture. Taught courses in Architectural History and Sustainable Building Design.


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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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