Traditional Building Conference Online Education Fall 2017 Series

Traditional Materials; Contemporary Methods: A Case Study of Christopher Newport Hall
2016 Palladio Winner – New Traditional Construction over 30,000 square feet

Speakers: Lori Snyder Garrett, AIA, LEED Green Associate and H. Randolph Holmes, Jr.; AIA, Senior Principal, Glavé and Holmes Architecture, Richmond, VA

1 AIA HSW Learning Unit

The new Student Success Center at Christopher Newport University is the result of nearly $1 billion invested into applying neoclassical design to the University’s campus. The structure is embedded with Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian orders and is certified as LEED Silver. The domed building is located at the head of the quad, drawing inspiration from centuries of classical ideals on university campuses. This session will look at the challenges of building a neoclassical institutional building and the successes of contemporary technology in executing the details.

Learning Objectives
  • Integrate contemporary demands for sustainability and energy efficiency into a new neoclassical institutional building.
  • Apply current products and manufacturing technology to traditional architectural detailing.
  • The technology surrounding glass production is advancing; use it to comply with life safety and structural codes while creating spatial volumes.
  • Identify physical and technological principles for creating a signature building.
Historic Brickwork: Mortar and Method
Speaker: John Speweik, historic masonry specialist, Speweik Preservation Consultants, Inc., Elgin, IL

1 AIA HSW Learning Unit

This session will address typical problems and solutions found when working with historic brick such as getting the right mortar to work with the strength of the masonry and finishing the work with various pointing details.

Learning Objectives
  • Explain the importance of maintaining historic brick masonry and making in-kind repairs.
  • Describe the properties of mortars that are typically appropriate for historic repairs.
  • Order tests to evaluate historic masonry and interpret the results.
  • Discuss improved communication on the job site for procurement, scheduling, and on-site trouble shooting for both historic projects and new traditional brick work.
Traditional Plaster 101
Speaker: Patrick Webb, Lecturer and Research Associate, The Center for Traditional Craft in Savannah, GA

1 AIA HSW Learning Unit

This session will consider the various material components that constitute heritage plasters, stuccoes and mortars with a special focus on the chemistry and practical applications of the five "binders" (active components that have the most determinative influence on performance).

Learning Objectives:
  • Define what "plaster" means in everyday use and how it corresponds to the similar terms of stucco and mortar.
  • Explain the important role of aggregates and fibers.
  • Provide an overview of the general chemical behavior of various plaster binders.
  • Give examples of practical applications in contemporary building and how heritage plasters have been put to good use in the past.
Applying Building Codes to Historic Buildings
Speaker: Theodore Vedock, AIA, Hammel Associates Architects, LLC, Lancaster, PA

1.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

The International Building Code (IBC) and International Existing Building Code (IEBC) give consideration to historic buildings to accommodate their use and reuse for a multitude of purposes. The presenter, an experienced preservation architect whose firm has worked on more than 120 historic buildings, will use case studies to illustrate alternative compliance paths. He will trace the history of building codes and their application to historic buildings. He will also discuss accessibility.

Learning Objectives
  • Discuss how existing and historic buildings are addressed in the International Building Code and International Existing Building Code.
  • Compare and contrast alternative compliance paths available to the project designer.
  • Cite examples of alternative compliance paths that have been successfully used in historic preservation through case studies.
  • Recall historic architectural elements, finishes, and materials saved in the case studies and discuss how similar strategies can protect historic materials in future work.
Traditional Doors: A Master Class on Craft, Form and Function
Speaker: Brent Hull, craftsman and President, Hull Historical, Inc., Fort Worth, TX. Author of Historic Millwork, Traditional American Rooms (with Christine G. H. Franck) and Building a Timeless House in an Instant Age.

1.25 AIA HSW Learning Units

Doors are the gateway to buildings and, while we usually take in the whole structure before we enter, doors are the first architectural element we see and touch. So it is not surprising that the cover of Brent Hull’s most recent book features an open wooden door in a traditional stone building. The craft of building, installing, and maintaining good wooden doors is an important process for any professional working on historic architecture or constructing new, traditionally inspired buildings. Join a veteran woodworking craftsman for a master class on the history of traditional doors and the methods that allow them to endure the test of time.

Learning Objectives:
  • Review the stylistic compositions and best craft practices to build traditional wooden doors.
  • Discuss craft detailing and finishes that expand the life of doors in harsh climates.
  • Explain and specify best practices for installation, maintenance and repairs.
  • Plan for sound operation in high traffic areas particularly when working in historic residential, commercial, and institutional settings.

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