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

CS4.5 Change, Resilience, Sustainability & Reuse

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: HYATT-Delaware
CE: 1.5

This session presents vignettes into each of the primary themes of this track - change, resilience, sustainability and re-use. A broad theme is introduced by Allison Arlotta in her analysis of waste reduction and how preservation has become a positive agent in the reduction of carbon and other environmental impacts. Re-use often means the introduction or reconfiguration of mechanical systems into existing buildings. Larry Moss looks at the challenges of elevating buildings that are in the path of rising seas or other areas increasingly prone to flooding. Through a series of case studies, J. Michael Galway discusses the complex process of integrating contemporary building systems into historic structures both in terms of the coordination of their installation, and ultimately their long-term impact on the performance of the structure. Finally, Miriam Kelly looks at the re-use of structures that have become obsolete in analyzing the long-term process of the adaptation of the iconic Buffalo Grain Silos to accommodate new community needs.

This course qualifies for HSW credit with AIA and RCEP.

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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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Allison I. Arlotta


Allison Arlotta is a recent graduate of Columbia University’s MS in Historic Preservation program. As a Data Fellow for the Landmarks Preservation Commission, she contributed to the addition of robust designation report information to the agency’s Discover New York City Landmarks interactive online map of the city’s 36,000 buildings with historic designation. She has also taught high school students through the Woodlawn Cemetery Preservation Training Program, and traveled to Glasgow, Scotland for the European Climate Change Adaptation Conference. She wrote her award-winning thesis on the reciprocal relationship, and areas of potential collaboration, between historic preservation and waste management. In her research she is interested in how heritage can contribute to larger aims of sustainability, resilience, and equity.


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J. Michael. Galway, PE, LEED BD+C, CPD

Mechanical Professional Engineer & Managing Principal - DC Office
Loring Consulting Engineers, Inc.

Mr. Galway is a Professional Engineer, an ASHRAE Member, is Certified in Plumbing Design & is LEED© Accredited Professional with 35 years of experience in designing many of our nation’s treasured landmarks. Mr. Galway’s restoration projects include the Moultrie Courthouse, the US Supreme Court, the Virginia School for the Deaf & Blind, the Maguire Hall & Healy Hall buildings, the Guaranty Building, the Gideon Putnam Resort & Spa, the Smithsonian “Castle” Building & Arts & Industries Building, and Ford’s Theatre. Mr. Galway is currently working on the Wyoming State Capitol, the Michigan State Capitol, and the New Jersey State House.


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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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Miriam Kelly, RIBA, AABC, ARB

Silo City

Miriam Kelly is a British architect accredited in architectural conservation and experienced in the repair and adaptive reuse of historic buildings. An associate at Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners in New York, her projects include the restoration of Eero Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center and Marcel Breuer’s former Whitney Museum for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Miriam has worked at some of the most sensitive historic sites in the UK including Windsor Castle and the Royal Pavilion Estate. Miriam first visited Silo City in 2013 as part a Winston Churchill Fellowship during which she visited sixty industrial regeneration projects in Europe and the USA. A long-time advocate for the social and economic regeneration of redundant industrial sites, she was involved in projects at Chatterley Whitfield coal mine and the mill buildings at Ditherington - the oldest iron-framed structures in the world. Miriam is a Scholar of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) and a Fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.


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