Track 3: For Power or For Passage: Re-envisioning Historic Industrial and Transportation Infrastructure

CS3.2 Re-using Structures that Have a Very Specific Purpose

2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
Location: BNCC-106AD
CE: 1.5

This Session will explore the potential and strategies for reuse of four very specialized structures from very different eras. In three of the presentations, the original use is no longer viable because the evolution of the society in which the structure exists no longer supports its purpose. The fourth seeks to revive the original use in an era where the social conditions and the ways people interact have fundamentally changed. The common threads are: can a contemporary use be found for something that is, on its face, obsolete? Are there ways to calculate the value a structure has to its community that go beyond a simple bottom-line economic calculation? Does the unique nature of a structure warrant the creative effort to maintain its essence while embracing a new use? The speakers in this Session will make their cases.

This course qualifies for HSW credit with AIA and RCEP.

Learning Objectives:


Michael Lennon, AIA, LEED-AP

Senior Architect
Flynn Battaglia Architects, PC

Mr. Lennon has an Architecture degree from the University of Detroit and has been a licensed Architect in New York State since 1978. He is a long-time member of APT and has spoken at past conferences about his work at the Lord and Burnham conservatory in Buffalo and Adler & Sullivan's Guaranty Building; both highlights of his professional career. His interest in architectural history and archaic building methods has led to intensive involvement in projects for many of Western New York's National Landmark structures including the Roycroft Campus, St. Paul's Cathedral, the George Eastman Museum and the Richardson-Olmsted Complex.


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Carly L. Farmer, OSCAR Co-Chair

Intern Architect
MTBA Associates Inc.

Carly is an intern architect at MTBA Associates and works at the "nexus of conservation and sustainability" on a variety of projects including the Canadian Parliament Buildings, University of Ottawa, and the Toronto Courthouse. Having grown up in a small town, she is also a specialist in conserving the heritage of rural regions.

Carly graduated in 2017 from the Master of Architecture Program and NSERC Create Heritage Engineering program at Carleton University where she specialized in sustainable rehabilitation and documentation of heritage buildings. Her studies specifically investigated how adaptive reuse of heritage buildings could help revitalize small towns facing the challenges of deindustrialization and shrinking populations. Carly was an APT Scholar in 2016 and is an active member of the Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation and Co-Chairs the OSCAR Focus Group.

Some of Carly's favourite activities include travelling, cycling, and spending time with family and friends.


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Bob Elliott

Board Chairman
SS Columbia Project

Robert W. Elliott is the Co-Chairman and President of the SS Columbia Project, a non-profit restoring the National Historic Landmark steamer Columbia, currently docked in the Buffalo River. Mr. Elliott is also the Chairman of the Hudson River Foundation and serves on the board of the Erie Canalway Heritage Fund Board. He has served as Deputy Secretary of State for New York, Mayor of Croton-on-Hudson, Chairman of Historic River Towns of Westchester, President of the New York Conference of Mayors, and Executive Director of the New York Planning Federation.


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Senior Associate, Architect
EVOQ Architecture Inc.

Dima Cook has extensive experience in heritage conservation, construction and project management. She is recognized for her ability to manage large, complex projects from early design to contract administration. As a Senior Associate of EVOQ Architecture (FGMDA), Dima is responsible for directing the firm’s Toronto office. A graduate of the McGill School of Architecture, she is LEED AP accredited and serves as the firm’s sustainability advisor. She is a member of the APT Sustainable Preservation Sub-Committee on Climate Change. In 2014, Dima was appointed to the City of Toronto Design Review Panel as its Heritage Representative.


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Benjamin Fallows, ARB, RIBA Conservation Architect

Project Manager
Walter B. Melvin Architects, LLC

Benjamin has 10 years of experience in architectural practice in the United Kingdom and the United States. During this time he has developed a specialism in the repair, extension, refurbishment and reimagining of historic and listed buildings. He is a RIBA-certified Conservation Architect and is dedicated to meeting the ethical, constructional, and operational challenges involved in working on old structures and in heritage settings. Educated in Newcastle and London, he recently relocated to New York City to work for Walter B. Melvin Architects.


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