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

CS3.3 Understanding and Renewing Mechanical and Electrical Heritage

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: BNCC-106AD
CE: 1.5

This session will explore the conservation of the essential technology, often taken for-granted, upon which our buildings and cities operate. When does old mechanical or electrical technology constitute historic fabric and how can it be practically preserved? This session examines this concept from big picture considerations (how might one conserve and interpret an operational power facility?) to the most minute (what are the challenges of preserving old electro-mechanical technology?) and from the theoretical (is it better to preserve a site's history or its ability to operate?) to the practical (how do you convince a modern power authority to conserve a substation?)

This course qualifies for HSW credit with AIA and RCEP.

Learning Objectives:


LaLuce Mitchell

Historical Architect
Flynn Battaglia Architects

LaLuce Mitchell is a Preservation Architect at Flynn Battaglia Architects in Buffalo. During college he interned in Buffalo and fell in love with its historic architecture. Recent restoration projects have included the Williamsville Water Mill in Williamsville, NY and the Richardson Olmsted Complex in Buffalo. He is a licensed architect in New York State. He was an APT Student Scholar in 2010 and is vice-chair for the 2018 APT conference. When he’s not out preserving old buildings, he enjoys eating the craziest, most interesting food he can find and taking roadtrips to explore little-known corners of the US and Canada.


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Katherine Duffield Hill

MSHP Expected May 2018
University of Texas at Austin

Katherine Duffield Hill has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Montana and recently received her MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Texas at Austin. A lifelong love for archaeology, industrialism, and secret tunnels - combined with a passion for street photography - led to her current focus on adaptive reuse and the changing urban landscape. Aside from the history of tunnels and turbines, Katherine is continuing to study the architecture of civil defense and engineering.


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MacLaren North, PhD, MEL, BA

Managing Director
Extent Heritage P/L

MacLaren North is the Managing Director of Extent Heritage, the largest generalist heritage consulting firm in Australia. In his career, he has worked for government heritage regulators, asset-owning organisations with service delivery obligations and, since 2006, as a heritage consultant to government, business and the private sector. His experience working with government utilities has given him significant insights into the delicate balancing act between heritage conservation and operations and service delivery obligations and has worked with clients in the water, sewerage, electricity, road and rail sectors to strike that balance.


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Christopher Tavener, B. Arch (The Cooper Union); R.A. (NY State); Leed AP

Architectural preservation consultant

Christopher Tavener, with an architectural degree from The Cooper Union and a prior background in history and anthropology, is an architectural preservation consultant, formerly at EYP Architecture and Engineering in Albany, N Y. His career has focused on the challenges of the stabilization and rehabilitation of government and educational buildings. He delights in integrating the historic, social, technical, and aesthetic underpinnings of a structure in the analysis of the problems and potential of clients’ buildings.


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Romas K. Bubelis, B.Arch, OAA

Ontario Heritage Trust

Romas Bubelis is an Architect and Capital Team Lead with the Ontario Heritage Trust. He specializes in the conservation, adaptive re-use and operation of public sector heritage buildings. In his 27 years with the Trust, Romas has led much of the organization’s architectural conservation work at numerous national historic sites across Ontario. He is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects and holds a certificate in architectural conservation from The Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies at the University of York in England.


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