1) You'll never see NYC like this again. Tourists don't enjoy this vantagepoint or access!
Preservationists in New York City have rolled out the red carpet, just for you, their colleague. Over five days, you'll be treated to technical paper sessions and tours that speak to the heart of what you do, with neighborhoods in one of the world's greatest cities as the point from which to continue the discussion about urban preservation.
United Nations closed to the public? No problem. You'll be walked through the renovated buildings by the people who drafted its master plan. The literally titled Exploring the Inaccessible: Touring the Park Avenue Armory and TWA Terminal is another opportunity for a rare glimpse into your colleagues' work. Best hotel stay in Times Square? The Marriott Marquis has granted us an extremely low rate for this Conference only.
All the while, you'll earn a year's worth of CEUs.
The Conference themes are Materials Conservation in Urban Environments; Balancing Change, Preservation, and Development; Building Types, Districts, and Infrastructure; and Energy Use and Conservation.
2) Your Problems, and Your Solutions, Are NYC's Problems and Solutions
As one of the largest cities in the world, NYC has a lot to teach about what works--and what doesn't--for preserving the urban landscape. With more than thirty Field Sessions taking you behind the scenes at world-renowned buildings, there is truly something for everyone, with practical applications for your work, taught by experts.
For those wanting to go in-depth into materials, for example, three field sessions in particular will provide a unique opportunity to experience materials of great local and national importance, as New York City was an early center for the fabrication of architectural terra cotta and cast iron, and was the home of important stained-glass artists and one-time rivals Tiffany and Lafarge, among others. Field sessions will address the evolution of their subject materials, typical construction challenges and deterioration types associated with these materials.
3) You Never Know Who You'll Meet at Conference (And What that Might Mean for Your Career)
Savannah Technical College Historic Preservation students recently completed 35 cast metal finials for the Smithsonian Institution, thanks to a relationship built at last year's annual Conference in Charleston.
Sharon C. Park, the Smithsonian Institution’s associate director for architectural history and historic preservation, was impressed with Savannah Tech’s students’ metalwork for fencing during APT Charleston 2012's post-conference Workshop on Stained Glass Windows, held in nearby Savannah. “The historic preservation profession needs programs such as the one at Savannah Technical College that can train the next generation of crafts persons,” said Park. “The Smithsonian was pleased to have the metal spear points made by the students to help us restore our 1881 National Historic Landmark Arts & Industries Building.”
Students in the College’s Advanced Preservation Skills class created finials or spear points replacements for damaged window grilles, originally created in 1881 at the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To create the spear points the students created 14 sand molds, mixing sand with resins to harden the mold. Students used a template created by Enberg Mold and Tool in Kingsland, Ga. The class went to Carolina Metal Casting in Hardeeville, S.C,. to pour the steel into the molds. Then, students removed extra metal, known as gating, from the pieces. Finally students filed them down and painted them with a rust inhibiting primer.
Stephen Hartley, the Historic Preservation Department Head at the College, wasn't necessarily surprised with the connection made at Conference. "The APT is an amazing opportunity to network with other individuals who share the same passion for heritage conservation as you do. This project is a premier example of how professionals from all aspects of the field can work together to save our built cultural heritage. Without the APT conference, this project may never have come to fruition."
4) Saturday Night Out with Other Preservationists is Just Plain Fun
Wondering how to fit in some of NYC's famous nightlife into such a packed schedule? In addition to the Conference's signature events, such as the Tribute, the Gala and the Keynotes, this year you can enjoy Broadway, jazz or street theater through APT Night on the Town. Treat your spouse, join your friends or get to know other Conference attendees at these all-inclusive activities.
For example, experience jazz in a famed club in Greenwich Village, at the Garage Restaurant & Cafe, which "provides more live jazz than anywhere in the World." Jazz in the Village includes transportation, dinner and jazz for only $140/ticket.
5) You Can Check Off your Supplier List Easily and Organically in One Day of the Conference
As an attendee, you'll have many opportunities to talk to the record number of exhibitors expected in New York City. The Exhibit Hall is open all Monday afternoon for one-on-one conversations, with the festive atmosphere of the Gala taking over Monday evening.
If your firm is wanting to exhibit at Conference, and was planning on waiting until "the usual" time in August, you may find you have waited too long. Exhibit booth sales are surpassing previous years', and despite a higher number of available spaces, more than halfway sold out as of July 1. Secure your exhibit booth today.
In addition to the Conference Sponsorship opportunities, there are a few Event Sponsorships still available for companies wanting to support the Conference goals and achieve a higher profile in NYC. Event Sponsorships are a unique opportunity – secure your Event Sponsorship this year and you have first right of refusal for 2014. Review the prospectus or direct questions to:
Liz Fogt, APT Partner Manager.