Track 1: Decline vs. Revival: Tempering the Impulse to Tear Down and Start Over

CS1.2 Seismic Studies

2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
Location: BNCC- 101AH
CE: 1.5

While highlighting issues of seismic design, this session also examines other important aspects of sensitive adaptive re-use; both with respect to application of energy codes and the preservation of character-defining mechanical system components. In each presentation, speakers will look at common preservation problems in new and perhaps unorthodox ways.

This course qualifies for HSW credit with AIA and RCEP.

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David Bittermann

National Park Service

David Bittermann, AIA
Chief, Design and Preservation Planning
NPS Northeast Region - Historic Architecture, Conservation, and Engineering

David Bittermann, AIA, has served 34 years with the National Park Service, where he is currently Chief of Design and Preservation Planning for the Historic Architecture, Conservation, and Engineering Center (HACE) in the Northeast Regional Office. The center provides a variety of cultural resources services with its staff of Historical and Landscape Architects, Engineers, Architectural and Object Conservators, and Historians to 83 client National Parks in the Northeast Region, ranging geographically from Maine to Virginia. David is a former Board Member of APTNE, and for several years taught Architectural Conservation at Boston University. He received an M. Architecture degree from the University of Illinois and an MA from Boston University.


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Ethan J. Boote

Columbia University

I am a recent graduate from Columbia University's Historic Preservation program and currently live in Minneapolis, MN. In my studies, I explored a number of different avenues for how preservation can play a role in supporting positive long-term outcomes in urban environments, improving social-spatial relationships communities have with their valued places, and addressing climate change. In May 2018 I was awarded the Onera Prize, a prize given to a project proposed by myself and a fellow Historic Preservation student that tests new theories of preservation in practice. The project involves creating a web platform for historical narratives and public engagement centered around the planning and construction of urban renewal highways in Poughkeepsie, NY.


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Matthew S. Chalifoux, FAIA

Senior Historic Preservation Architect, Principal
EYP Architecture & Engineering

Matthew Chalifoux, FAIA, is a Principal at EYP Architecture & Engineering. Mr. Chalifoux has over 30 years of experience in the renovation, restoration and rehabilitation of historic buildings. Matt is a leader in championing historic preservation as a design discipline that embraces the idea that preservation, at its best, is the sensitive, creative management of change. This is evident in his work in modernizing internationally recognized, signature structures for clients whose goal is to simultaneously illuminate the past and embrace the future. Matt advances the model that success requires a collaborative team of creative individuals- architects, engineers, contractors and craftspeople. His projects have included the U.S. Supreme Court Building, the United Nations Headquarters, and the Richards Medical Research Building. While his projects have varied in scale they have all included the sensitive insertion of new technology and systems to provide appropriate levels of climate control, life safety and security while also being environmentally sensitive and sustainable. His projects have received local, state and national awards for design, historic preservation, construction and sustainability.


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Adam Rush, PE

Senior Staff II
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Adam Rush, PE joined Simpson Gumpertz & Heger in 2018 after the firm acquired Keast & Hood’s Washington, DC office. He earned his MS in Earthquake Engineering (2007) from the University of Pavia, Italy as a Fulbright Scholar, and his BS in Civil Engineering (2005) from NC State as a Park Scholar. A fortunate career has fueled his passion for historic preservation with dream projects including: Rotunda at UVA renovation, Jefferson Memorial roof restoration, Main St Station restoration in Richmond, Center Stage renovation in Baltimore, National Gallery of Art East Wing Façade restoration, and Mt Vernon condition assessment. Adam is an active member in the Association for Preservation Technology (APT) and served as the President of the DC chapter in 2013.


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Terrence Paret

Senior Principal
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

Terrence Paret is a Senior Principal at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE) where he has worked for more than 30 years. Prior to joining WJE, he was a designer of high-rise reinforced concrete buildings in New York City. Throughout his career at WJE, Mr. Paret has focused on the assessment buildings and bridges that have collapsed or are exhibiting distress, and on the development of voluntary and code-required interventions. Historic structures projects to which he has contributed his seismic expertise include the earthquake damage and/or vulnerability assessment and repair of the Washington Monument, the Washington National Cathedral, the United Nations Secretariat in NYC, the Mauna Kea Hotel, San Francisco and Oakland City Halls. Most recently, Mr. Paret managed the seismic strengthening of two notable historic buildings in San Francisco, both constructed prior to the 1906 earthquake and both designed by Albert Pissis. Mr. Paret was the recipient of a variety of awards for his research and projects including, the 2001 Moisseiff Award from ASCE, the 2008 AISC Presidential Award of Excellence in Structural Engineering, the 2012 Oliver Torrey Fuller Award from APTI, the 2016 ICRI Project of the Year Award, the 2016 ASCE Region 9 Seismic Retrofit of the Year Award, and the 2017 Award of Excellence for Historic Preservation from the Structural Engineers Association of California. He has written or co-written more than 80 publications, the majority of which address earthquake engineering.


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