APT Kansas City 2015 - November 1-5 - The Brass on Baltimore

SY1–Renewing Modernism: Emerging Principles for Practice

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Sponsored by:

Quinn Evans and Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture, Inc.





Thursday, November 5
8:00–4:00 pm
Participants of the Symposium will have priority for FS17

Leading modern-era building practitioners and technical experts from around the world will convene for an intensive one day working session to discuss emerging trends in renewing Modernism and draft consensus “Principles for Practice.” Opening sessions will articulate issues and needs to be addressed by the working document, such as differences between traditional and modern era buildings that raise philosophical challenges in applying traditional conservation approaches to repair or replacement decisions, and the need for improved consistency in expectations regarding appropriate treatment. Attention will be paid to how the profession should address buildings of widely varying character, merit and integrity, and to what degree the “modernization” that is so often desired particularly by owners of second and third tier modern structures can be accommodated – both from a design and a technical perspective – without loss of essential character. The accommodation of change will also be considered as part of the practical need to evaluate individual buildings within a broader framework for sustainable town and urban planning, and the growing need to achieve sustainable rehabilitation and adaptive use of buildings of the Modern Movement. In particular, there will be a focus upon the unique challenges that Modern buildings pose with respect to improving energy efficiency, reducing carbon load, increasing durability and resilience, and generally integrating sustainable solutions for buildings that were designed during an era of cheap fuel, widespread industrialization of buildings and their components, reliance upon mechanized solutions and relatively untested materials and assemblies.

Sponsored by the Association for Preservation Technology International, the symposium is structured to make the most of the technical expertise and collaborative philosophy that is the strength of APT. Proposed speaker/panelists include representatives from APT’s Technical Committee on Modern Heritage and Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation, ICOMOS, DOCOMOMO, AIC, AIA/HRC, RAIC and the Cultural Landscape Foundation. Based upon prior response we hope to include celebrated American, and international practitioners; internationally renowned academics actively engaged in professional practice, and forward-thinkers whose published work has and continues to advance the profession’s understanding of these resources and the urgency of sustainably addressing their performance challenges.

It will be the intent of this Symposium to identify how the resource evaluation process can be structured to best inform and enhance design and technical excellence in rehabilitation projects. Building upon programs such as the Getty’s Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative and the extensive scholarship and advocacy promulgated by DOCOMOMO over the past two plus decades, the Symposium will focus on what is most meaningful to APT in this synergy of evaluation, rehabilitation and optimization of performance and how in turn APT can best be positioned to maintain a leadership role in the broad campaign to renew these resources. The intended result of the symposium will be a working document intended to serve as a point of departure for further discussion, refinement, or adoption by APT and affiliated technical organizations. The end goal is to improve the ability of professionals to respond effectively and consistently to the challenges this large and diverse body of resources presents to a world facing a need for aggressive solutions to climate change in a global environment of economic austerity.

Fee: $ 275.00 Fee Includes: Breakfasts, lunches and materials
Location: Hotel Philips, Philips Room
Dress Code: Casual (jeans) with good walking shoes
Recommended Equipment: Notebook, camera and work examples for possible discussion with colleagues
Maximum attendance: 90
Handicapped Accessibility: Email APT for details
Continuing Education Credits: 6 hours

Learning Objectives:
At the end of the symposium, participants will be able to:
• Discuss emerging trends in philosophy and practice for projects involving modern era buildings and settings.
• Understand the technical and design challenges associated with rehabilitating, restoring, and sustainably renewing modern era buildings.
• Outline how preservation professionals assess the significance of examples of Modernism at the federal, state, and local levels.
• Discuss consensus principles for practice that will be developed at the symposium

Symposium Coordinators:
David Fixler, FAIA,Kelly Sutherlin McLeod, FAIA, Kyle Normandin and Tom Jester, AIA – APT Technical Committee on Modern Heritage
Mark Brandt, RAIC and Nancy Rankin, AIA – APT Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation
Caroline Alderson, AIA – United States GSA Center for Historic Buildings


Wessel de Jonge
Architecten BNA bv

David G. Woodcock, FAIA, FSA, FAPT
Historic Preservation Consultant                              

Beth L. Savage
Director, Center for Historic Buildings, and FPO, GSA

Michael McClelland, OAA RAIC CAHP
Principal, ERA Architects Inc.

Mike Jackson, FAIA

Deborah Slaton
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

Bernard Flaman

Dr. Theodore H. M. Prudon FAIA FAPT
Prudon & Partners LLP

Mic Patterson, LEED AP (BD+C)
President, Facade Tectonics Institute
Advanced Technology Studio

Jack Pyburn, FAIA
Principal, Lord Aeck Sargent

Carl Elefante FAIA, LEED AP O&M
Principal & Director of Sustainability
Quinn Evans Architects

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Z. Smith


Modernizing Modern:  Preserving and Renewing the Mid Century Bolling Federal Building
Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 1:00–5:00pm

Offered as a companion session to this event, FS17-Modernizing Modern:  Preserving and Renewing the Mid Century Bolling Federal Building is an exciting opportunity to participate in an insider’s tour of one of GSA’s largest facilities, recently rehabilitated to improve building performance and energy efficiency.  Space is limited and priority registration is given to those registered for the Symposium.

Completed in 1965*, three years after the Kennedy administration issued new “Guiding Principles for Federal Architecture,” the 18 story Richard Bolling Federal Building exemplified a shift in federal public buildings design from traditional monumental architecture to contemporary construction emulating corporate architecture of the time.

Despite its corporate architectural vocabulary, however, the Federal Building was conceived from the start as a public place, housing a planned population of 2,800 federal agency employees, retail shops, a post office, and cafeteria.  Extensive self-protection features, programming, and procedures led to the building’s designation as GSA’s continuous operation headquarters in the event of an emergency shutdown in Washington.  A recently completed $250,000,000 rehabilitation begun in 1999 has brought the building up to current energy, security, fire safety, building performance and workplace standards while respecting its Mid-Century Modern design. Initial improvements added a sympathetic entry pavilion and plaza improvements designed by BNIM Architects. The Leed Silver project reduced thermal leakage by 50 percent; new HVAC systems yielded a 40 percent reduction in energy use. Exterior cisterns now capture 95 percent of storm runoff to irrigate landscaping.  A green roof has been added. The plaza now has native grasses, bioswales to enhance security and retain water, and more trees than any other property in downtown Kansas City. GSA commissioned Helix Architecture + Design, who designed most of the rehabilitation, to develop Master Standards of Design to serve as a guide for future changes to the facility.

The presentation and tour will examine the building’s history and original design, GSA’s reinvestment approach to improving the building’s functional, financial, and energy performance; and the design team’s problem solving approach to balancing the project’s preservation, conservation, lifecycle cost and marketability goals. Topics include: envelope and building system performance, space planning for a mobile, collaborative workforce, improving daylighting and wayfinding in a large floorplate; balancing security and public access and sustainable landscape renewal.

Fee: $60
Capacity: 40
Dress Code: Casual, with good walking shoes
CEUs: 3.5

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